Social Work Practice and Psychopharmacology: A by Sophia Dziegielewski PhD LCSW

By Sophia Dziegielewski PhD LCSW

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A. the terminal button), ending at the synaptic junction referred to as the synapse. Synapses (Arden & Linford, 2009) are the gaps between neurons where all the initiated activity that results in a thought, feeling, or action takes place. Electrical impulses are limited because they cannot bridge the synapse, so the continuation of the messages in these specialized sites is dependent on chemical messengers. The axon triggers the release of a relatively fixed amount of a chemical messenger into the synapse.

Fundamental issues about the brain and nervous system are discussed in a practical and simplified manner with an emphasis on those issues most relevant to social work. Lastly, this information is used to understand addiction and dependence and how they can affect clients. It is important that all social workers have basic knowledge of the working of the brain, neuronal activity, and how medications can affect functioning. THE BRAIN: UNDERSTANDING STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION It is beyond the scope of this chapter to explain the complex anatomy and physiology of the brain, although some knowledge is needed to be able to interpret how medications directly affect brain function.

They are also useful for clients who are difficult in terms of compliance (Lehne & Scott, 1996). This has important implications in drug trials, as success rates are often linked to drop-out rates (Relman, 2007).

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