Psychopharmacology  book cover
3rd Edition


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ISBN 9781032312873
June 6, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
368 Pages 17 Color & 159 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This new, and heavily revised, edition of Psychopharmacology, provides a comprehensive scientific study of the effects of drugs on the mind and behaviour. With the growing prevalence of psychiatric and behavioral disorders and the rapid advances in the development of new drug therapies, this textbook offers an essential understanding of the necessary details of drug action.

The book presents its coverage in the context of the behavioral disorders they are designed to treat, rather than by traditional drug classifications, to strengthen understanding of the underlying physiology and neurochemistry, as well as the approaches to treatment. Each disorder from the major diagnostic categories is discussed from a historical context along with diagnostic criteria and descriptions of typical cases. In addition, what we presently know about the underlying pathology of each disorder is carefully described. Providing a solid foundation in psychology, neuroanatomy and physiology, the book also offers a critical examination of drug claims, as well as coverage of evidence-based alternatives to traditional drug therapies. Throughout, this text discusses how drug effectiveness is measured in both human and animal studies.

Topics new to this edition include: a stronger emphasis on the environmental impacts on drug effectiveness; more on the mechanisms of adverse reactions to drugs and information on managing drug side effects; the risks and benefits of using "mood stabilizing drugs" to address behavior in youth with ADHD or ASD; and discussion of the research-to-practice gap in pharmacological care for children and adolescents.

Accompanied by a robust companion website of instructor materials, this textbook is ideal for undergraduate and pre-professional students on courses in Psychopharmacology, Clinical Psychopharmacology, Drugs and Behavior. It is a valuable contribution to highlight the symbiotic relationship between psychopharmacology and the neural and behavioral sciences.

Table of Contents

1. Organization and Function of the Nervous System. 2. Psychopharmacology. 3. Mood Disorders. 4. Anxiety and Stress-Related Disorders. 5. Psychotic Disorders. 6. Attention and Developmental Disorders. 7. The Pharmacology of Opiates and Analgesia. 8. Substance Abuse and the Neurobiology of Addiction. 9. The Pharmacology of Scheduled Psychoactive Drugs. 10. The Pharmacology of Non-Scheduled Psychoactive Drugs. 11. Bibliography. 12. Glossary.

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R. H. Ettinger is Professor of Psychology at Eastern Oregon University. His research focuses on psychopharmacology and includes investigations of the neural mechanisms underlying feeding and addiction. Notably, it has led to the development of an anti-cocaine antibody and an understanding of the role of Pavlovian conditioning in drug tolerance and addiction.


"Ettinger’s Psychopharmacology is an excellent resource for students and professional scholars alike for a comprehensive understanding of the psychoactive drugs, from medications to recreational substances. With a strong basis in biological and behavioral mechanisms and with an engaging review of mental health disorders including addiction, this volume provides an excellent and functional resource for the field of Psychopharmacology."

Matthew W. Johnson, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA