PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (Drugs & Psychology) – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  27/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

Eleven lessons as follows: 1. Introduction: A history of the use and misuse of drugs in society Scope and nature of drugs; legal and illegal Amphetamine Cocaine Crack LSD Ritalin Steroids How heroin is used Medical consequences of chronic heroin abuse Names used for heroin 2. Effects of drugs on the individual and society Community acceptance Terminology Why people use drugs Addiction; how drugs work in the brain Central nervous system Physiological and psychological effects of drugs Alcohol effects Sedative effects Stimulant effects Hallucinogenics Psychological effects of drugs 3. Legally restricted drugs: Stimulants and narcotics Stimulants Symptoms of abuse How cocaine is abused How does cocaine effect the brain What adverse effects does cocaine have on health Added danger; cocaethylene Treatment options Scope of cocaine abuse Narcotics Abuse symptoms Forms and dangers Designer drugs Ecstacy pill 4. Legally restricted drugs: Hallucinogens and marijuana Effects of hallucinogens Symptoms of abuse LSD Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder Marijuana Effects of marijuana on the brain Symptoms of abuse, forms of marijuana and dangers Phencylidine (PCP) Symptoms of abuse, forms of PCP and dangers 5. Legally restricted drugs: Steroids Steroids Symptoms of abuse, forms of steroids and dangers 6. Legal drugs: Alcohol Symptoms of abuse and dangers with alcohol Alcoholism Staying in control with alcohol Alcohol amnestic syndrome (Korsakoff's syndrome) Treating korsakoff's syndrome) Alcohol and the developing brain 7. Legal drugs: Tobacco, caffeine and solvents Nicotine addiction Effects of nicotine on the circulatory system Caffeine Caffeine addiction Solvents (volitile solvent abuse): symptoms and dangers 8. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs Prescription drugs (Over the counter or OTC) Groups of prescription drugs Misuse of OTC drugs Opioids Treatments for opioid addiction CNS depressants Stimulants Stimulant abuse and treatment for stimulant addiction 9. Sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs Anti anxiety drugs Barbituates Benzodiazepines Depressants Rohypnol 10. Prescription drugs for schizophrenia and affective disorders Schizophrenia Onset of schizophrenia Symptoms of schizophrenia Treatment for schizophrenia Anti psychotic drugs Patient support system Depression Depressive disorders Type of depression Unipolar disorder Bipolar disorder Causes of depression Anti depressants 11. Treatment and preventative education Drug addictionBehavioural and psychosocial treatments for drug addiction Treatments for heroin addiction Behavioural therapies for heroin addiction Detoxification Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Psychology/PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY-Drugs-Psychology-BPS302-480.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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