Behavioral Psychopharmacology: A New Psychiatric Subspecialty

  • Robert Sovner
Part of the Disorders of Human Learning, Behavior, and Communication book series (HUMAN LEARNING)


After years of being viewed with distrust and challenged with medicolegal initiative (see reviews by: Aman, 1985; Aman & Singh, 1986; Plotkin & Gill, 1979; and Sprague, 1982), there has been a resurgence of interest in the use of psychotropic medications to treat behavioral and emotional disturbances in persons with developmental disabilities (Aman, 1983). This interest has been stimulated, in large part, by a growing awareness that the mentally retarded exhibit the full spectrum of mental disorders and can be treated with all types of psychiatric therapies (Corbett, 1979; Gostason, 1985; Lund, 1985; Reid, 1972a, 1972b; Reid, 1982; Sovner & Hurley, 1983; Wright, 1982).


Mental Retardation Antipsychotic Drug Maladaptive Behavior Mental Deficiency Opiate Antagonist 
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