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Since 1975, Robert Julien's A Primer of Drug Action has been the definitive guide to the effects of psychoactive drugs on the brain and on behavior. Now fully updated, this popular guide continues to lead the way through a rapidly changing field, providing readers with a clear, contemporary, and objective look at every drug and medication that either positively or adversely affects brain function. This edition includes important new information on

-Herbal medications

-Drug therapy for behavioral and anxiety disorders

-Clinical practice guidelines for treating psychological disorders

-Depression and the action of antidepressant drugs

-The use of newer anticonvulsants in the treatment of bipolar disorder, pain syndromes, and behavioral disorders

-Drug therapy for children, adolescents and the elderly

-New generation antipsychotic agents

Authoritative, comprehensive, and suitable for those with little background in biology, A Primer of Drug Action is an indispensable source of information for anyone interested in drug use, abuse, and education.

Synopsis:

From its first edition 30 years ago, Robert Juliens A Primer of Drug Action has evolved side by side with the field it covers, capturing the current state of the science of psychopharmacology with each new edition.

Furthering that tradition, the new edition takes its place as the definitive guide to the pharmacology of drugs that affect the mind and behavior as understood today.  With over 40% new research citations, there is no clearer, more current presentation available on the mechanisms of drug action, etiologies of major psychological disorders, rationales for drug treatment, and the uses of psychopharmacology in patient care.

About the Author

The Author

Robert M. Julien, M.D., received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Washington and his Medical Degree from the University of California at Irvine.  His many research articles focus on the psychopharmacology of sedative and antiepileptic drugs.  Previously an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology at the Oregon Health Sciences University, he currently practices anesthesiology in Portland, Oregon.

 
New Contributors

Claire D. Advokat, professor of psychology at LSU, received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University.  Her primary interest is in understanding the clinical effectiveness and the mechanism of action of drugs used in the treatment of mental illness, such as the antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and anxiolytics.

 
Joseph Comaty, Adjunct Professor at LSU, received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine.  His primary area of research is clinical psychopharmacology.  In particular, he is interested in the study of the clinical treatment for the major psychiatric disorders of schizophrenia, major depression, and bipolar disorder.

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction to Psychopharmacology: How Drugs Interact with the Body and the Brain

1. Pharmacokinetics: How Drugs Are Handled by the Body

2. Pharmacodynamics: How Drugs Act

3. The Neuron, Synaptic Transmission, and Neurotransmitters

 
Part II Drugs That Depress Brain Function: Sedative-Hypnotic Drugs

4. Ethyl Alcohol and the Inhalants of Abuse

5. Barbiturates, General Anesthetics, Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB), and Antiepileptic Drugs

6. Benzodiazepines and Second-Generation Anxiolytics

 
Part III Drugs That Are Used to Treat Psychological Disorders: Psychotherapeutics

7. Antidepressant Drugs

8. Drugs Used to Treat Bipolar Disorder (Mood Stabilizers)

9. Antipsychotic Drugs

10. Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

11. Geriatric Psychopharmacology

12. Integration of Drugs and Psychological Therapies into a Treatment Plan

 
Part IV Drugs That Stimulate Brain Function: Psychostimulants

13. Cocaine, the Amphetamines, and Non-Amphetamine Behavioral Stimulants

14. Caffeine and Nicotine

 
Part V Analgesic Drugs and Psychedelics

15. Non-Narcotic Anti-Inflammatory Analgesics

16. Opiod Analgesics

17. Cannabinoid Agonists and Antagonists

18. Psychedelic Drugs

 
Part VI Special Topics in Psychopharmacology

19. Herbal Medicines Used in the Treatment of Psychological Disorders

20. Anabolic Steroids

21. Topics in Drug Use

Product Details

ISBN:
9781429206792
Publisher:
Worth Publishers
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Author:
Julien, Robert M.
Author:
Comaty, Joseph E.
Author:
Advokat, Claire D.
Subject:
Psychopharmacology
Subject:
Psychotropic drugs
Subject:
Psychiatry - Psychopharmacology
Subject:
Drug Guides
Subject:
Pain Medicine
Edition Description:
Eleventh
Publication Date:
20071012
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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From its first edition 30 years ago, Robert Juliens A Primer of Drug Action has evolved side by side with the field it covers, capturing the current state of the science of psychopharmacology with each new edition.

Furthering that tradition, the new edition takes its place as the definitive guide to the pharmacology of drugs that affect the mind and behavior as understood today.  With over 40% new research citations, there is no clearer, more current presentation available on the mechanisms of drug action, etiologies of major psychological disorders, rationales for drug treatment, and the uses of psychopharmacology in patient care.

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