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Medicating for Mental Health

It is highly likely that you, a member of your family, or a close friend will face the decision of whether to use a medication to treat a diagnosed psychiatric disorder. Do you have the skills and knowledge to participate in the decision to use a drug as therapy?

This course prepares you to be an effective collaborator with your physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist when deciding if a medication is appropriate treatment. The course introduces fundamental principles for the use of drugs as therapy. It encourages students to have realistic goals regarding the strengths and limitations of psychiatric medications. It provides basic understanding of how a drug acts upon the brain to improve behavioral symptoms. You will learn how new drugs are developed to become viable options for treatment, and how they are ultimately approved for being prescribed. Additionally, this course provides perspective on the proper use of psychiatric medication as a part of a multifactor treatment program.

Altogether, you will acquire a working knowledge to gain confidence that a psychiatric medication is being used wisely to give the best advantage for a successful improvement of symptoms while minimizing risk of side effects.

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Rating 4.0 based on 3 ratings
Length 4 weeks
Effort 3 - 6 hours per week
Starts Mar 23 (298 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Colgate University, ColgateX via edX
Instructor F. Scott Kraly
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Language English
Subjects Science
Tags Biology & Life Sciences Medicine

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Having cleared those points the basic material is good, the course leader's delivery is a maybe a little slow but that is easily remedied by turning the speed up on your playback device.

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Well worth taking this course if you have an interest in the subject or if yourself, a family member or friend are affected by the issues of mental health and potential treatment options.

programs that include psychotherapy

A good course about all most important topics about psychiatric drugs, from the physiological effects to the brain activity, up to treatment programs that include psychotherapy.

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It isn't 'anti-drug' but it does definitely set out a stall early on about the limitations of drug-only treatment.

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Important topics like the importance of giving realistic expectations to patients and the process of development and approval of new drugs are discussed.

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Rating 4.0 based on 3 ratings
Length 4 weeks
Effort 3 - 6 hours per week
Starts Mar 23 (298 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Colgate University, ColgateX via edX
Instructor F. Scott Kraly
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science
Tags Biology & Life Sciences Medicine

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