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Clinical psychopharmacology encompasses the study of the effects of psychoactive substances on behavior, mood, sensation, and cognition and the expert use of medications to treat psychiatric disorders. The number of psychotropic medications has increased greatly in recent years. Drug therapies are being used in new ways to treat such conditions as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social phobia. Most psychiatrists today prescribe medication in combination with psychotherapy to address both the symptoms of a mental disorder and the underlying disease process.

Essential Reference Books on Psychopharmacology

American Psychiatric Publishing (APPI), a division of the American Psychiatric Association, offers textbooks and guides to help practitioners stay abreast of new psychopharmacological medications and treatment protocols and skillfully incorporate them into practice.

Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses The Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses is designed to serve as both an academic textbook and a reference book for Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (P.M.H.-A.P.R.N.s) as well as mental health practitioners, general practitioners, and consumers.
Clinical Manual of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology Essentials of Clinical Psychopharmacology provides a synopsis and update of the most clinically relevant material included within its parent publication, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychopharmacology, incorporating the latest research and treatment advances in an accessible and easy-to-use manner.
Clinical Manual of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology Clinical Manual of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Second Edition, is designed to help clinicians provide state-of-the-art care to their patients and keep up to date with the most recent research.

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