lobbying for better schizophrenia treatment 1

Lobbying for Better Schizophrenia Treatment

Imagine yourself as a future lobbyist in the healthcare field. Lobbyists look to influence lawmakers and government officials to get funding for specific issues or to get laws passed on a particular topic. Healthcare lobbyists focus on healthcare generally, or on specific disorders such as cancer or mental illness. Imagine that you are a lobbyist for mental illness and for schizophrenia specifically.

Submit by Day 7 a PowerPoint presentation (10 slides) tailored for government officials that advocates for creating “safer,” more effective treatment options for schizophrenia. Your presentation must include a pharmacological analysis of the following:

  • Issues related to treating patients with schizophrenia
  • Side effects of antipsychotics
  • How antipsychotic side effects might be managed or mitigated

Support your Assignment with specific references to the Learning Resources and any additional references you used.

Readings

  • Advokat, C. D., & Comaty, J. E., & Julien, R. M. (2019). Julien’s primer of drug action: A comprehensive guide to the actions, uses, and side effects of psychoactive drugs (14th ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers/Macmillan.
    • Chapter 11, “Antipsychotic Drugs” (pp. 381-423)
  • Hancock, S. D, & McKim, W. A. (2018). Drugs and behavior: An introduction to behavioral pharmacology (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
    • Chapter 12, “Antipsychotic Drugs” (pp. 277–293)
  • Spinella, M. (2001). The psychopharmacology of herbal medicine: Plant drugs that alter mind, brain, and behavior. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
    • Chapter 7, “Psychotherapeutic Herbs” (pp. 240–243 & 277–280)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health. (2013, February). Bipolar disorder.Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.shtml
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health. (2013, February). Schizophrenia.Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml

 

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