Article Archive for September 2016
Psychotropic Medication Use among Adolescents: United States, 2005–2010
Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Approximately 6.0% of U.S. adolescents aged 12–19 reported psychotropic drug use in the past month.
The use of antidepressants (3.2%) …
What makes an antipsychotic drug atypical?
Atypical drugs are associated with low extrapyramidal side effects (EPS) and are beneficial for improving the negative symptoms associated with schizophrenia.
All antipsychotic drugs improve the positive symptoms of schizophrenia …
Some Quick Facts about Schizophrenia
Approximately one percent of the population suffer from schizophrenia.
10 to 15 percent of those affected by the illness take their own lives, usually within the first ten years of developing the …
Benzodiazepines (BD) – the most effective antianxiety drugs
–Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
–Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)
Mixed norepinephrine/serotonin reuptake inhibitors
–Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
Meprobamate and derivatives
Mechanism of action:
Facilitate neuronal membrane inhibition by actions as …
Mental Health Medications Organized by Trade Name
FDA Approved Age
Combination Antipsychotic and Antidepressant Medication
Symbyax (Prozac & Zyprexa)
fluoxetine & olanzapine
18 and older
13 to 17 for schizophrenia and bipolar; 18 and older for schizophrenia, bipolar
Selected Facts about Mental Health in the United States
An estimated 61.5 million Americans—about one in four adults—suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. About 13.6 million Americans, or 1 in 17, suffer …