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Mental Health Medications

National Institute of Mental Health

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE | School Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

A variety of medications are used to treat the symptoms of mental disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sometimes medications are used in combination with other treatments such as psychotherapy. This guide describes the types of medications used to treat mental disorders, side effects of medications, directions for taking medications, potential interactions with other drugs, and warnings about medications from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Also included are alphabetical lists of medications arranged by trade and generic names with the FDA-approved ages for each. 


TBD Closeout Course #10-22 | 2008 | 24 pages | 12 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.Identify the major medications that are used to treat each of the disorders included in this course
2.List common side effects associated with various medications
3.Identify general guidelines and cautions for the use of mental health medications
4.List interactions each class of drugs can have with other medications
5. Identify groups who have special needs when taking psychiatric medications
CE INFORMATION

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (#5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

National Institute of Mental Health. This publication is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission from NIMH. NIMH encourages you to reproduce it and use it in your efforts to improve public health. Citation of the National Institute of Mental Health as a source is appreciated. However, using government materials inappropriately can raise legal or ethical concerns, so we ask you to use these guidelines: NIMH does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services, and their publications may not be used for advertising or endorsement purposes.

Disclosure:

Financial
: The document for this course was published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is in the public domain.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


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