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Psychopharmacology, 2017: A Master Class

Apr 07, 2017 - 03:45 AM - 03:45 AM
Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 Saint James Ave, Boston, United States,

ZIP: 02201

Event Details

Psychopharmacology, 2017: A Master Class

This unique two-day course is designed for the experienced clinician. The objectives of this course are to provide,

in a lecture and question and answer format, a review of the mechanisms and clinical applications of psychotropic

drug treatments with particular emphasis on difficult-to-treat patients. Course participants will be expected to have

had clinical experience, familiarity with the neurobiological and genetic contributions to psychiatric illnesses as well

as an understanding of the basic therapeutic mechanisms of psychotropic medications. There will be considerable

opportunity for interaction with the presenters.

This conference will focus on the following topics: An updated review of neurobiology and brain function will be

presented, taking the attendee through neurotransmission sequence from neurotransmitter and synaptic function

synthesis to gene transcription. The interaction between genes and the environment will be emphasized. The current

use of antipsychotic drugs and mood stabilizing drugs for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder will be

presented; new antipsychotic medications will also be discussed along with potential new uses for mood stabilizers.

A comprehensive review of the neurobiology and genetic predisposition to depression will be emphasized along with

the modern use of antidepressants based on the latest research findings. There will be a presentation and focus on the

diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit disorder with an emphasis on the use of stimulants in their treatment.

The role of stimulants as adjunct to antidepressant treatment will also be emphasized. Treatment of Bipolar

Depression will be emphasized. The neurobiological mechanisms of anxiety and anxiety-spectrum disorders as well

as their treatment will be presented, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder,

and generalized anxiety disorder. This year, for the first time, an entire lecture will be devoted to the research and

treatment of stress related disorders, with an emphasis on PTSD including the neurobiological mechanisms of stress.

The importance of the evaluation and psychopharmacological treatment of women’s mental health issues will be

addressed with particular emphasis on PMS, perinatal, and postpartum disorders. The course will also include a

review of the role of psychopharmacology in the treatment of sleep disorders. Advances in the neurobiology and

treatment of alcohol and substance abuse disorders will also be highlighted. The latest advances in child, adolescent

and geriatric psychopharmacology will be emphasized. Throughout the course the establishment and importance

of the therapeutic alliance when prescribing all psychotropic medications will be underscored, as will the potential

hazards/benefits of polypharmacy drug interactions. Throughout the course the establishment and importance of the

therapeutic alliance when prescribing all psychotropic medications will be underscored, as will the potential hazards/

benefits of polypharmacy drug interactions.

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