Psychopharmacology Essay

907 Words Oct 2nd, 2014 4 Pages
MY Role in the medication world Mental health counselors do not usually have essential knowledge and training to recommend medications. Certainly, I have no legal right to prescribe them. Prescribing medications must be left to a trained professional with drug- prescribing licensure, although with training, I may assist the prescriber by making recommendations. Because as the counselor comprehensive understanding of the client's circumstances, the prescribing professional may benefit from my assistance (King & Anderson, 2004). Referring the client to the appropriate medical professional is in the client's best interest, especially when the counselor suspects a biological basis for presenting behavior. Specifically, the trained …show more content…
Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks). These feelings of anxiety and panic can interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, and can last a long time. Symptoms may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood. ” Social anxiety disorder is about more than just shyness and can be considerably disabling. A diagnosis requires that a person’s fear or anxiety be out of proportion in frequency and/or duration to the actual situation. The symptoms must be persistent, lasting six months or longer. In DSM-IV, the timeframe was required only for children; DSM-5 expands this criterion to include adults as well. The minimum symptom period reduces the possibility that an individual is experiencing only transient or temporary fear”()
The clinician will work to determine whether the person’s reaction might be explained by such reasons as a response to certain medications. If the person suffers from a medical condition for instance, stuttering or obesity, the fear or anxiety experienced must be unrelated to the other condition or out of proportion to what would normally be felt. In some cases, a

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