Pharmacotherapy in Special Situations: Introduction | Pregnancy | Pediatric Psychopharmacology | Geriatric Psychopharmacology | Mental Retardation (Intellectual Disability) | Medical Conditions | Conclusion | Bibliography
One of the difficulties that clinicians face
is that a typical clinic patient often does not resemble the sanitized
patients selected for in research studies. Most published reports
evaluating the efficacy of psychoactive drugs in psychiatric patients
carefully select physically healthy adult, but not geriatric, pediatric,
or pregnant, patients. Unfortunately, in clinical practice, physicians
frequently encounter patients with psychiatric disorders who are
also pregnant, juvenile, elderly, brain damaged, or medically ill but
who are otherwise appropriate candidates for conventional pharmacotherapy.
Since the last edition of this book, much has been learned about treating
special populations with psychotropic agents. In this chapter, we address
some of these special situations.