Chapter 1. The Autism Spectrum
Co-Existing (Comorbid) Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Chapter 2. Your Right to Make Informed Decisions About Medication Therapy
Are Psychotherapeutic Medications Safe?
What Is Informed Consent?
What Does a Written Informed Consent Form Contain?
Informed Consent in Individuals with ASD
Chapter 3. Pre-Medication Treatment Assessment
Purpose of Assessment
Clarify the Questions
Conduct a Functional Behavioral Analysis
Medical Assessment and Diagnosis
Developing an Intervention Plan
Chapter 4. General Principles of Medication Therapy
Pharmacotherapy as a Science
Individualized Medication Therapy
Factors That Affect the Outcome of Medication Therapy
Pharmacotherapy and Adverse Events
General Principles of Administering Psychotherapeutic Medications
Chapter 5. Monitoring Medication Therapy
Compliance with Medication
Measuring Therapeutic Effects
How Frequently Should the Physician Review Your Child?
Direct Behavior Observation
Physical and Neurological Examination
Cognitive Function and Speech/Language Assessments
Monitoring Blood Level of Drugs
Using Performance Tests and Rating Scales to Monitor Treatment
Powerful Placebo Effect
Chapter 6. Monitoring Side Effects
Recognizing Side Effects
Monitoring the Emergence of Side Effects
Clinical Manifestation and Management of Side Effects
Chapter 7. Development of New Medications
Role of the Food and Drug Administration
Clinical Trial of a New Medication
Postmarketing Detection of Medication-Induced Adverse Reactions
Chapter 8. Psychotherapeutic Medications
Names of Medications
Classification of Psychotherapeutic Medications
Sources of Medication Information
Classes of Psychotherapeutic Medications
Chapter 9. Generic Drugs
What Is a Generic Drug?
Controversy over Generic and Brand-Name Drugs
What Is a Preferred Drug List?
What Can a Consumer Do?
Chapter 10. Selecting Medications for Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Chapter 11. Diagnosis and Treatment of Seizure Disorders
What Is Seizure Disorder?
Classification of Seizure Disorders
Differential Diagnosis of Seizure Disorders
Prevalence of Seizure Disorders
Causes of Seizure Disorders
Frequency of Seizures
Effects of Seizure Disorders
Assessment and Diagnosis of Seizure Disorders
Management and Treatment of Seizure Disorders
Medication Treatment of Seizure Disorders
Alternatives to Medication Treatment
Appendix A, "Basic Pharmacology," and Appendix B, "Basic Neuropharmacology," describe in detail how medications interact with body systems. These appendices provide scientific information on the biochemical and electrochemical processes that take place in the brain and other organs. You will see how and why medications are administered in different ways and how these medications interact with the body's systems. Appendix A and Appendix B are for those people who are more interested with the scientific and technical aspects of medicine and human biology.
Appendix A. Basic Pharmacology
Appendix B. Basic Neuropharmacology
Appendix C. Sample Medical Forms
Appendix D. Diagnostic Tools
Appendix E. Parent Global Impression Scale—Baseline
Appendix F. Parent Global Impression Scale—Follow-Up
Appendix G. Medication Side-Effects Checklist
Appendix H. Psychotherapeutic Medications
Appendix I. Antiepileptic Drugs (AEDs)