he final assignment for this class will be a 10-page critical review
of the drug treatment for a psychiatric disorder (broadly defined to
include psychological and neurological disorders as well). The review
will use peer-reviewed sources to evaluate the current drug treatment
modalities for the selected disorder and determine the adequacy of those
treatments. The paper will be evaluated on the inclusion of the
Evaluate the disorder in terms of
symptomatic and behavioral presentation. Include the time, course, and
progression of the disorder. Evaluate and explain special features of
the disease epidemiology.
Evaluate the predominant theory or
theories regarding the biological basis of the disorder. Explain the
disorder in terms of pertinent neurotransmitter and receptor theories
and describe the pertinent evidence of their involvement. Analyze the
neurotransmitter systems in terms of the involved receptors and the use
receptor agonists and antagonists in the treatment of the disorder
receptor. Include information on the anatomic changes to the central
nervous system as appropriate to the topic.
Evaluate drug therapies for treating
the disorder based on the current understanding of the biological basis
of the disorder and the corresponding behavioral effects of the
disorder. Explain pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in relation to
the disorder and corresponding drug treatment. Describe any side effects
and adverse effects of the drug treatment and their biological basis,
including issues related to contraindications, interactions, drug
metabolism, and elimination. In addition, explain risks, benefits, and
ethical implications for high-risk and exceptional treatment conditions.
Summarize theories of psychiatric
disease as they relate to principles of drug action within the chosen
topic. Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of the current theory of
the disorder and its treatment and evaluate any controversies regarding
ethical and/or risk-benefits perspectives associated with the current
treatment. Describe possible areas for future research.
Writing the Critical Review
- Must be 10 to 12 double-spaced pages in length (not including title
and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in
the Ashford Writing Center. (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must use at least five peer-reviewed sources in addition to the course text.
- Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.