Overview of Drug Treatment

  • Alan J. Gelenberg


As the history of medicine goes, the drug treatment of psychiatric outpatients is a comparatively new topic. Before the modern era of pharmacotherapy blossomed around the midpoint of this century, psychiatrists and other physicians had a few classes of drugs available that could serve mostly as adjuncts to various nonbiological approaches. Sedatives—such as barbiturates, bromides, and chloral hydrate—could assist in promoting sleep and could sometimes produce temporary relief of anxiety; stimulants might prompt a temporary surge in energy and sometimes a boost in spirits; but for the most part, psychiatry could expect little help from the pharmacopoeia.


Antipsychotic Drug Panic Disorder Tardive Dyskinesia Biological Therapy Borderline Personality Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan J. Gelenberg
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Arizona College of Medicine, Health Sciences CenterTucsonUSA

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