medication

Psychotherapy to Treat and Manage Depression

Psychotherapy helps people with depression: * Understand the memories, thoughts, emotions and behaviours that contribute to their depression * Understand unresolved emotions and life events from one’s personal history which may contribute to the depression * Understand interpersonal difficulties and maladaptive interpersonal interaction patterns * Better connect with oneself to resolve emotional conflicts and develop …

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How to help someone overcome resistance to psychotropic medication

Work first with the individual on their negative self-talk and possibly low self-confidence and anxieties. Emphasize that there are a number of ways to feel well again, and that medication is merely one of these. Communicate that mental health conditions are not unlike other health conditions that they can affect anyone and that they are …

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Treatments for Alcohol Abuse

Psychotherapy and various therapeutic or self-help groups, including AA, are first-line treatment. Medication can be helpful as a support, but does not work for all. Certain medications have been shown to effectively help people stop or reduce their drinking and avoid relapse. They either reduce the urge to drink alcohol or trigger adverse reactions if …

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Neurotransmitters

Neurotransmitters play an important role in transmitting information between neurons across the synaptic cleft. Various regions and pathways in the brain use different patterns of neurotransmitters and different receptor subclasses, which helps to identify the role specific neurotransmitters play in various psychiatric conditions in neuroimaging studies and can also make medication more specific. Neurotransmitters are …

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Pharmacokinetics

Pharmacokinetics describes the processes that take place in the interaction between an organism and a chemical substance. There are four processes, which are often also represented as five: Liberation: the drug is released from the pharmaceutical formulation Absorption: the substance enters the blood circulation. Distribution: the substance disperses throughout the fluids and tissues of the …

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Lamotrigine in the Treatment of Bipolar Affective Disorder (2)

Lamotrigine in the Treatment of Bipolar DIsorder Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. Lamotrigine is an effective medication in the treatment of bipolar disorder and bipolar depression. However, as bipolar disorder is not a homogenous condition but possesses distinctly different phenomenologies and subtypes, which can have an impact on the effectiveness and range of adverse effects of …

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Lisdexamfetamine in the Treatment of ADHD (3)

Lisdexamfetamine in the Treatment of ADHD Christian Jonathan Haverkampf, M.D. Lisdexamfetamine is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as part of a total treatment plan, including psychological, social, and other treatments. This article provides a brief overview of the pharmacology of lisdexamfetamine   Keywords: lisdexamfetamine, ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, treatment, medication, psychiatry …

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