Adverse drug events are an important factor influencing health outcomes of individuals treated with psychotropic medications.
In drug-related emergency department visits, nonmedical use of psychotherapeutic drugs involves primarily antidepressants (60%) and antipsychotics (40%).
Many nonpsychiatric medications have the potential to cause neuropsychiatric events ranging from anxiety to psychosis.
In 2009, U.S. adults experienced an
average of 3.5 mentally unhealthy days during the previous 30 days.
The prevalence of depression is significantly higher in epilepsy
patients than in the general population.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an extremely disabling disease
that causes significant distress and compromised quality of life.1
Personalized drug therapy would have a positive effect on the management of this devastating illness.
According to the 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
survey, 40% of U.S. residents in 35 states had serious psychological
Second-generation antipsychotics may cause weight gain, dyslipidemia, and hyperglycemia.
A behavioral emergency--also known as clinically significant acute agitation
--typically is a dynamic, unpredictable encounter with a patient in whom the diagnosis is unknown or preliminary.
Antibiotics, cardiovascular medications, and analgesics should not be combined with alcohol.
A potentially lethal condition, serotonin syndrome is caused most
often when certain antidepressant agents are taken concurrently with
other drugs that modulate synaptic serotonin levels.
Symptoms of a panic attack can mimic those of a heart attack or nervous breakdown.
Psychotropic medications are a major resource in the treatment of mental disorders.
Sometimes called manic depression
, this form of a mental illness is described as a fluctuation in mood extremes.
Research results in the emerging area of nutritional neuroscience point to a link between what people eat and the quality of their mental state.
Owing to the complex nature of schizophrenia, treatment typically involves both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies.
These agents are equal in effectiveness, but it is hard to predict which one will work best for a given patient.
In the public-health setting, a variety of mental-health conditions
ranging from depression to bipolar disorder are encountered, but
these illnesses are not always treated appropriately during pregnancy.
While the birth of a child is exciting and monumental, many women experience short- or long-term mood disturbances in the postpartum period.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disability (LD) are two of the most prevalent disorders occurring in children aged 6 to 17 years.
First described more than 40 years ago, serotonin syndrome remains unfamiliar to most clinicians.
On a regular basis, most pharmacists must interact with patients who have mental illnesses.
An eating disorder is an abnormal eating behavior that leads to serious physical and emotional problems.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by inattentiveness, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity and represents a common behavioral disorder of childhood.
Serious psychological disorders (SPD) such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and attention-deficit disorder have contributed to 48 million office-based physician visits, 3.7 million emergency department visits, 5.
With the increasing development of newer and more complex drug compounds, pharmacists are being asked to bear much of the burden for detecting, preventing, and resolving adverse drug reactions and potentially serious drug interactions.
Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that occurs each year around the same time, usually during the fall and winter months.
Atipsychotic medications are the mainstays for treating a number of serious psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, mania, delusional disorder, and psychosis.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a psychiatric condition in which patients display a "pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, affects, and marked impulsivity that begins by early adulthood and is present in a variety of contexts.
Bipolar disorder, also commonly referred to as manic depression, is a diagnosis of brain dysfunction characterized by severe alterations in mood and energy with a diminished capacity for daily functioning.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder that is named for its symptoms.
Depression is prevalent, and the highest incidence for onset in women is during the childbearing years.