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The Tri-Valley Library of Conversations Courses

Psychopharmacology 101:

An Introduction to Mental Health Medications

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Presenter, Kristina Schnitzer, MD

Kristina Schnitzer, MD is a Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital within Public and Community Psychiatry.  Her clinical interests and research focus on improving health outcomes and quality of life for individuals living with serious mental illness.

Course Description:


This course provides a foundational framework for understanding psychiatric medication classes, their characteristics, and their potential indications in treatment of various psychiatric disorders, thus allowing for a more nuanced, informed, and personalized approach in interacting with and counseling patients. 

Watch the short overview video below.

Course Objectives Include:

1) Identify the basic classes of psychiatric medications

2)Identify medications in and characteristics belonging to each class of medications

3) Have a conceptual framework for various disorders and how they may benenfit from treatment with various psychiatric medication classes

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