Psychopharmacology course: Lesson 1

In The Psychiatry Letter, we will present lessons from a complete course in psychopharmacology.  The first lesson is about the big picture: There are two ways of approaching psychopharmacology:

  1. Biological speculative approach (the most popular and common)  
  2. Clinical research-based approach.  

PL recommends the second. What's the difference?  Don't say: I'll use drug x because it affects serotonin and norepinpehrine, which is theoretically better than just affecting one of those neurotransmitters.  Ask the question: What is the clinical research evidence that drug x is effective for patients with a specific clinical condition?

If you take this approach, you will be more scientifically sound in your decision-making, and less biologically speculative.  To do so, you'll have to ignore some of the major texts of psychopharmacology, and look to the clinical research studies themselves.  PL will help.  

Read the rest of Lesson 1 of the PL Psychopharmacology course in our Newsletter!

 

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