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Social Work Practice and Psychopharmacology: A by Sophia Dziegielewski PhD LCSW

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By Sophia Dziegielewski PhD LCSW

Why do social staff want to know approximately psychological future health drugs? How can social employees most sensible help consumers who're taking medicinal drugs? what's the social laborers function as a part of the interdisciplinary health and wellbeing care staff? Answering those questions and extra, this complete textual content discusses the most important drugs used to regard universal psychological medical conditions and provides directions on tips to most sensible serve consumers who're utilizing them. This re-creation presents assistance on many concerns that social employees will come upon in perform, together with opting for in all likelihood harmful drug interactions and hostile unwanted side effects; bettering drugs compliance; spotting the symptoms of drug dependence; and figuring out how psychopharmacology can paintings together with psychosocial interventions. entire with case examples, evaluate instruments, and cures, this publication bargains useful perception for social paintings scholars and social employees serving consumers with psychological medical conditions. New to this variation are improved discussions of kid and adolescent problems, enticing discussions of the way new medicinal drugs are created, licensed, and advertised, and a brand new word list describing over one hundred fifty universal medicinal drugs and natural treatments. vital themes mentioned: therapy of universal psychological medical conditions, comparable to melancholy, nervousness problems, schizophrenia, and dementia Taking a entire drugs historical past figuring out scientific terminology keeping off drug misuse, dependence, and overdose

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Physicians often disagree about the exactness of these prescribed schedules; therefore, clients can become confused. In addition, clients may be unsure which aspects of the medication or treatment regime are most important (Airaksinen, Ahonen, & Enlund, 1993). When clients first begin taking medication, they are often confused about instructions to decrease or increase their dosage depending on their feelings or symptoms. In such cases, clients often do not trust their own feelings and may either take too much or too little medication.

For example, 95% of the body’s serotonin (5-HT) is processed within the digestive tract (Arden & Linford, 2009). Although the exact relationship is not known, we do know there is a connection between certain neurochemicals and specific feelings, thoughts, and emotions. For example, much attention has been paid to serotonin over the last 10–15 years. Its relationship with depression and anxiety has captured the interest of many professionals as well as the lay community. Research suggests serotonin is a relatively simple neurochemical that appears vital to the brain’s regulation of many bodily functions such as sleep, appetite, muscular activity, breathing, and blood circulation.

The professional’s role in understanding, relating, and recommending the best course of action for a client based on the client’s individual reaction to medication is an essential part of the intervention process. It is also wise not to consider medications as cure-alls for health or mental health issues. For example, after Prozac (flouxetine) was developed to treat depression it became the gold standard for treatment, and over 20 million prescriptions are written annually, making it the third most commonly prescribed antidepressant in the United States.

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