100-18: Paradigm Shift in Treating Mental Illness: Neurophysiological Approach to Prescribing

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100-18:  Paradigm Shift in Treating Mental Illness: Neurophysiological Approach to Prescribing

There is a strong body of evidence indicating that neurobiological changes in the brain/body contribute to psychiatric symptoms. Many of these symptoms are treated with drugs, which are chemicals designed to act on naturally occurring chemicals in the CNS (e.g., neurotransmitters) or neural structures (e.g., neurotransmitter transporters, neural membranes). Practitioners use evidence-based data when prescribing medications which are based on patients’ neurobiological changes and the drugs that target those changes. The content will be applied to a case study at the end of the session.

  Barbara J. Limandri, PhD, PMHCNS-BC

Disclosures:  The presenter and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose. Off-label uses will be discussed during this presentation.

Session Length:
  1 hour 27 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe neural circuitry of the central nervous system in differentiating neurobiological targets for psychotropic medications.
  2. Comprehend the relationship between mechanisms of action of psychotropic drugs to symptoms of psychiatric disorders.

Keywords:  Brain Development, Behaviors and Medication, Psychopharmacology

Continuing Nursing Education:
1.50 pharmacology contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post-test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Originally Presented
APNA 16th Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
Baltimore, Maryland
Thursday, June 7, 2018
5:00pm - 7:00pm

The contact hours for this session expire: December 31, 2020

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