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Medicating for Mental Health

Judicious Use of Psychiatric Drugs

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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Length 4 weeks
Effort 3 - 6 hours per week
Starts Mar 23 (162 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Colgate University, ColgateX via edX
Instructor F. Scott Kraly
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Language English
Subjects Science
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Rating Not enough ratings
Length 4 weeks
Effort 3 - 6 hours per week
Starts Mar 23 (162 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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