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Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs

Posted by Jon Chandler on March 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

AKA: SSRIs

 

 

  • Citalopram (Celexa)
    • Initial dose: 20mg/day.
    • Maintenance dose: 20 to 40mg/day.

 

 

 

  • Escitalopram (Lexapro)
    • Initial dose: 10mg/day.
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Typical Antipsychotics

Posted by Jon Chandler on March 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

AKA: Second-Generation, Conventional, or Traditional Antipsychotics, Classical Neuroleptics,or Major Tranquilizers.

This class of medications is most often utilized in the treatment of psychotic (positive) symptoms during the course of Schizophrenia.

 

Here is a list of First-Generation Antipsychotics organized by potency:

 

Low Potency:

 

  • Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)
  • Chlorprothixene (Taractan)
  • Levomeproma...

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Atypical Antipsychotics, or SGAs

Posted by Jon Chandler on March 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

AKA: Second-Generation, Atypical Antipsychotics, or simply SGAs.


These medications tend to be superior to that of Typical Antipsychotics because they treat BOTH positive and negative symptoms of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders.

Q: What the heck are positive vs. negative symptoms of Schizophrenia?

A: ...

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Statistics, logistics and ballistics

Posted by Jon Chandler on March 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Most of the time, I hate stats. It’s one of my least favorite subjects. Frankly, I think most socially appropriate human beings would agree. But, it’s a necessary evil in this field. So, I put together a few points of logistical relevance so you don’t have to go ballistic on this stuff!

 

5 takeaway points for evaluating statistics and drug studies:

 

1-Even in a double-blind study, reported side effects can tip ...

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Q: What?s the difference between a psychologist, a psychiatrist and a medical psychologist?

Posted by Jon Chandler on March 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Haha, there has to be a joke in there somewhere!!

But, for real, this is a common question I’m asked when I tell people about the psychopharmacology program.

 

A: The simple answer is:

“not very much” and “a whole lot” …read on.

A: The complicated answer is:

A psychologist has a minimum of the following:

BA in clinical psychology, sociology, or related field

MA in psychology (can be obtained interim)

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I started this blog because?

Posted by Jon Chandler on March 2, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I want to hold myself and other colleagues accountable for learning and implementing the material we are learning in our Post-doc Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology so that we will pass the Psychopharmacology Examination for Psychologists (AKA PEP) the first go-round.

 

Here is a brief introduction to what the heck all that means!

 

A Post-doc Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology is a post-doctoral degree that can only be obtained w...

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What? Why?!

Posted by Jon Chandler on March 2, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

As some of you may know, I am glutton for punishment. Or, I must be. Even after the hundreds of thousands of dollar$ in student loans, the countless hours spent studying and emotional strain gaining any degree takes on one’s life… I went back.

 

It wasn’t for the money, though, that should be a nice bump in pay, it wasn’t for the prestige that comes with prescribing rights, it wasn’t just so we could relocate to one of the best cities in the worl...

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Marriage and Family

Posted by Jon Chandler on June 29, 2011 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This will be the future space for psychological blog entries.  Please contact me with any topics you might like me to discuss.

Thanks,
Dr. Chandler


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