Pharmacological treatment of affective disorders: A review and guide for the non-medical practitioner

J. Bryan Phillips, Mary Guerriero Austrom

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Mental health professionals who lack medical training may also lack knowledge and understanding of the potential utility of medications in the treatment of emotional disturbance. They may also lack information regarding the effects and side-effects of medications which their clients may already be taking, or be uncertain when the nature of their client's situation suggests a psychiatric assessment regarding drug therapy. This paper offers an educational review in one such area: the pharmacological treatment of depression. It includes a brief review of theories regarding the aetiology of affective disorder, examines the methods, mechanisms and efficacy of anti-depressants, and draws conclusions regarding the appropriate use of pharmacological treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-93
Number of pages15
JournalCounselling Psychology Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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