Drug Therapy for Mental Disorders Due to a Medical Condition

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Jeff's family and friends described him as "good-looking," "fun-loving," "quick-witted," and "talented." He was kind, friendly, ambitious and always succeeded at every task he undertook. No one was surprised when Jeff was selected to represent his school in an international exchange program. But when Jeff returned to Ridgemont High a year later, everyone was shocked at his change in behavior. Why was Jeff so angry and out of control? Could it have something to do with his health? Medical conditions affect ...

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Jeff's family and friends described him as "good-looking," "fun-loving," "quick-witted," and "talented." He was kind, friendly, ambitious and always succeeded at every task he undertook. No one was surprised when Jeff was selected to represent his school in an international exchange program. But when Jeff returned to Ridgemont High a year later, everyone was shocked at his change in behavior. Why was Jeff so angry and out of control? Could it have something to do with his health? Medical conditions affect millions of North Americans each year. Many medical conditions have serious psychological components and effects. Sometimes, a medical condition in the body can lead to medical disorders of the mind. These are called mental disorders due to a medical condition. Adolescents are among those who suffer from medical conditions, and they are not immune to the accompanying psychological issues that may be involved. But mental disorders caused by medical conditions bring additional challenges to adolescents. Everyday care, management, regulating medication, and the emotional ramifications of medical conditions can be difficult for anyone. Attempting to balance those challenges while maintaining schoolwork, jobs, and extra-curricular activities can add to the stress for young people. In this book, you will learn about some medical disorders, the psychological complications that can result, and the treatments available to fight them. Along the way, you will explore the advances in drug treatment for psychological disorders, how such drugs work, and the risks and side effects associated with these treatments. Numerous case studies and stories of young people like Jeff who are coping with mental disorders caused by medical conditions illustrate the realities of these illnesses, while a chapter on alternative treatment adds information about additional treatment options.

Examines some of the drugs used to treat psychiatric conditions with a medical condition as a precipitating cause.

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Jeff was a fun loving, talented guy who everyone loved. He was a happy-go-lucky guy who got along with everybody. One day he started having unhappy feelings. Later they turned to anger. He was also exhausted when he had once been full of energy. Things worsened to where nobody could stand to be around this once popular teen. His personality changed to the complete opposite of before. Through some tests, he found out that he had a brain tumor that was causing the change in his personality and emotions. This brain tumor caused his mental disorder. Other medical conditions that can cause mental disorders include: cancer, diseases of the respiratory, circulatory, and nervous system, diseases of the eyes, ears, nose and throat, infectious diseases, and diseases of the skin. Some of the mental disorders that they cause include: delirium, dementia, catatonic disorder, psychotic disorder, and amnesia. Many of these mental disorders can be treated with drug therapy. Some conditions may need psychiatric drugs. The duration of treatment may be temporary or lifelong depending on the condition. In this book, there are many examples of people with this disorder that makes the reading interesting and enlightening. This book is part of the series, "Psychiatric Disorders: Drugs and Psychology for the Mind and Body." 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 12 up.
—Cathi I. White
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