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    Social Psychology: Psychopharmacology

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    Explain the boundaries of mental health counseling practice regarding recommending and prescribing medication. Be specific and use examples.
    Explain the role of a professional counselor in educating the client about the medications. be specific and provide examples.
    Explain to whom professional counselors might refer the client for medication, what information would they give that person, and how might they interact with him or her.

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    Psychopharmacology is involved with psychotropic medications to treat mental illness. This medications are used in treating mental and behavioral disorders such as: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other diseases of the mind. The role of the professional counselor in educating the client about medications is that of an "information provider". In addition, he or she needs to assess the extent to which the client is using the medication (e.g., stimulant drugs). Excessive use of drugs can affect behavior. For instance, a drug can affect one's mood states or increase a person's anxiety, thus altering behavior [e.g., anger, violence] (Kaut & Dickinson, 2007). According to Grayson, Schwartz & Commersford (1997) the counselor should ...

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    This solution discusses psychopharmacology that is involved with psychotropic medications (to treat mental illness) and their use in treating mental and behavioral disorders such as: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other diseases of the mind.

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