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Psychopharmacology: the Study of Psychiatric Drugs

What Is Psychopharmacology?

This is the discipline of relating to the study, prescription and appropriate use of drugs for psychiatric illness and for neuropsychiatric conditions. It is sometimes used synonymously with neuropharmacology although technically not so. The neuropharmacologist concentrates on neurologic agents for the brain, the psychopharmacologist on psychiatric agents. Sometimes the term neuropsychopharmacology is used to embrace both these areas. Psychopharmacology is not an official medical specialty in that there is no current specialist board. Additionally, certain non-medical pharmacologists specializing in the brain also call themselves Psychopharmacologists and both medical and pharmacological specialties may be involved in drug prescription - clinical psychopharmacology as opposed to basic lab research - non-clinical psychopharmacology.

 

 


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