Psychopharmacology course
Lesson 2

Neuroanatomy for clinical practice

In the inaugural issue, in Lesson 1 of the Psychopharmacology Course, PL suggested we think about drugs clinically, more than biologically.  An example is shown in the articles  this month on suicide prevention based on clinical randomized trials. Nonetheless, biology is relevant, when seen as secondary to the clinical research evidence.  In that sense, there is some basic neuroanatomy that can be helpful in the practice of clinical psychopharmacology.  

One basic observation has to do with the distribution of two major groupings of neurotransmitters.  The monoamines - serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine - are specifically distributed, mostly in the midbrain.  In contrast, the inhibitory agent GABA and the excitatory agent glutamate...

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