Required articles for this week




Stahl, S. (2020). Essential psychopharmacology: The prescriber’s guide (7th ed.). Cambridge University Press. (Reference as needed.)




Compare the Ted Talk video to the NY Times article by Carlat, D. (2020). Mind over meds [PDF.]. Additionally, read the following article.



(l include the Ted Talk video transcript as an attachment).

  • After reviewing the above course material, answer the following four questions and provide supportive evidence:


1. How do you view the role of psychiatric medication in the promotion of patient well-being?

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a psychopharmacologist versus also integrating psychotherapy in your clinical practice?

3. What does the literature say ( i.e., support for or lack of evidence) for the integration of psychotherapy and prescribing by the same clinician (e.g., APRN or MD)?

  • 4. What evidence supports the use of both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology as the mental health nurse practitioner’s role to improve patient outcomes?
  • 5. Why is it important for a psychiatric provider to give full informed consent and offer autonomy in the treatment planning decision processes?





Provides clear examples supported by course content and references. Cites three or more references, using at least one new scholarly resource that was not provided in the course materials. All instruction requirements noted.


Initial post and peer post(s) made on multiple separate days. All instruction requirements noted.


Well-organized content with a clear and complex purpose statement and content argument. Writing is concise with a logical flow of ideas.


Correct APA formatting with no errors. The writer correctly identifies reading audience, as demonstrated by appropriate language (avoids jargon and simplifies complex concepts appropriately). Writing is concise, in active voice, and avoids awkward transitions and overuse of conjunctions. There are no spelling, punctuation, or word-usage errors.





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