The aim of this course is to introduce students to the mechanism of action of the main psychotropic agents. After successfully completing this class, students are expected to a) demonstrate knowledge of the neurochemical substrate of mood disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia) and the mechanism of action of related psychotropic agents, b) describe the mechanisms of actions of drugs of abuse (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines), and their effects, c) recognize the names and categories of the most commonly used psychotropic agents, and discuss their side effects as well as limitations.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Scope of Psychopharmacology. An introduction to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. A brief report to functional neuroanatomy, neurotransmitter systems and chemical communication. Drugs that are used for the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Psychopharmacology of alcohol. Psychomotor stimulants: cocaine and amphetamines.