DREXEL PSY 310 - Intro and Overview (10 pages)

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Psy 310 - Drugs & Human Behavior

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Introduction to PSY310 Drugs and Human Behavior Psychopharmacology study of psychoactive drugs as related to mind brain behavior and society Major subdiscipline of the fastest growing science today neuroscience study of the brain and nervous system Learned more about the brain the past 10 years than we have in all of time All psychoactive drugs work through actions on the brain psychopharmacology has taken advantage of this Witnessing advances in the study of psychopharmacology to treat addictions and mental disorders and to alleviate the suffering of so many people Advances in drug addiction as a brain disease Advances in treatment of mental disorders Help relate the latest info on psychoactive drugs to their effect on society and human behavior Students will have a deeper understanding of the individual problems and the social conflicts that arise when people misuse abuse psychoactive drugs Also will give you a greater appreciation of the newer developments to treat mental disorders more effectively Intent to become more informed about the factors that may underlie drug use and introduce you to the controversies surrounding drugs and society Overview for Units 1 to 3 Module I All content of our course 3 main modules each represents a major content area 1 Foundations background and general principles of psychopharmacology Foundations 3 weekly units each deal with specific chapters in the text 2 Specific drugs of abuse 4 weekly units 3 Psychotherapeutic drugs 3 weekly units Chapter 1 1 1 Drug Categories Unit 1 What happens after a drug is taken Major classes of drugs that will be explored in different units of modules 2 and 3 Opening chapter addresses basic principles of pharmacology and explores the area of pharmacokinetics how the drug moves into through and out of the body after it is taken through different roots 1 2 Different ways that drugs are taken advantages and disadvantages The way a drug is taken not only influences the way it is handled by the body but



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