Psych meds 101: Antipsychotics

thanks again for the excellent info

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Welcome to the second post of my psych meds 101 series on how psychiatric medications work, this time focusing on antipsychotics.  In these posts I’m bringing together my knowledge as a mental health nurse, ex-pharmacist, and gal with depression who’s tried a boatload of meds, and hopefully putting out something that will make it easier to understand the nuts and bolts underlying the meds that so many of us take.  Knowledge is power, after all.

**note: I will exclusively use generic drug names, since brand names vary from country to country

**the first in this series was psych meds 101:antidepressants

Therapeutic uses

Needless to say the primary use of antipsychotic medications is in the treatment of psychosis.  There are a number of other uses, though, and the atypicals (I’ll get to that soon) are more versatile than the older drugs.  Atypical antipsychotics have an important role to play as mood…

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Psych meds 101: Antidepressants

good info

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pile of assorted medications

I can be a bit (okay more than just a bit) of a geek, and one of my big interests is how medications work.  Throw in the fact that I’m a mental health nurse, former pharmacist, and person who has tried piles of different psychiatric medication, and you get someone who will quite happily watch hours of continuing education webinars on the topic.

It can be really useful to understand how medications work, because it can make both the therapeutic effects and side effects make more sense.  This is the first of a series of psych meds 101 posts I’m going to write that will break down different classes of medications.

Mechanism of Action

Most antidepressants affect the three major neurotransmitters implicated in depression: serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.  Nerve cells (neurons) communicate with other neurons via connections known as synapses.  The neuron sending the signal is referred…

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