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Psychotropic Medication

To prepare for this Discussion:


•Coon, D., & Mitterer, J. O. (2013). Introduction to psychology: Gateways to mind and behavior (Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.

oChapter 1, “Introduction to Psychology and Research Methods”

•Chapter 14, “Psychological Disorders”

•Chapter 15, “Therapies”

•Review Chapter 15, “Therapies,” in the course text. Focus on the section entitled “Medical Therapies—Psychiatric Care.” This section explores treatment of psychological disorders through the use of psychotropic medications.

•Consider the use of medications, and their benefits and drawbacks.

•In Chapter 1, review the section, “Other Mental Health Professionals.” Focus on the description of the roles of psychiatrists.

•Consider the role of psychologists and general practitioners regarding whether it would be appropriate for them to issue prescriptions for medications.

•Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.


Psychotropic medications affect mood, attention, and sometimes behavior.  Like all medications, it is important to understand when they are needed, how much to prescribe, and for how long.  In addition, like all medications, there are potential side effects which must be taken into consideration.   Finally, the use of psychotropic medications must be carefully monitored, and patients who wish to stop taking them must do so under the care of a qualified professional.

The following questions come to my mind when I look at this week’s lesson:

What is the appropriate level of collaboration between patient and doctor regarding prescriptions for a psychotropic medication?  Should a patient (or patient’s family) research the medication, ask questions, and monitor for side effects, or should they simply trust the doctor to manage their care?

What do you think?

Weekly Discussion topic

Under what circumstances might psychotropic medications be the best treatment choice? What professionals should be allowed to prescribe psychotropic medication? Describe whether general practitioners or other non-psychiatrist medical professionals should prescribe psychotropic medication. Justify your response by referencing ethical standards for the psychology profession.


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