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Pharmacological Intervention

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This chapter will cover psychopharmacology (i.e., the use of psychoactive medications or psychotropic drugs to treat disorders of emotions and behavior in children and adolescents). Medications are commonly called drugs. It is important to distinguish therapeutic drugs from street drugs, or abused substances. Following a section on general principles, each class or group of medications has its own section, with a description, indications for use, efficacy (evidence that the drug works), risks and side effects, and how the drug is generally used. Medications are commonly classified by one of their uses (e.g., antidepressant), a description of their pharmacologic activity (e.g., stimulant or antihistamine), or their chemical structure (e.g., benzodiazepine or lithium). This chapter will not cover doses of medicine. (For more details, see section under Additional Reading.)

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Dulcan, M.K. (1994). Pharmacological Intervention. In: Van Hasselt, V.B., Hersen, M. (eds) Advanced Abnormal Psychology. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4757-0345-0_23

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