Sample Healthcare Paper on Treating mood disorders- Depression

Describe a medication used to treat a mood disorder, describe that mood disorder, and analyze how the medication treats that disorder (3-4 double-spaced pages). Introduction You will begin this course by exploring the basic biological background to understand how drugs affect the brain, the medications used to treat mental health disorders, and addiction and drugs that are used recreationally. Next, you will focus on the specific biological actions of drugs in the brain, the building blocks for exploring a variety of medications and drugs. Lastly, you will explore mood disorders and the medications used to treat them. Overview For this assessment, you will choose a medication used to treat depression or bipolar disorder. Then, you will write about the medication, the effects of the medication, the mood disorder the medication treats, and how the medication treats the disorder. Instructions In 3-4 double-spaced pages, utilizing at least three resources, complete the following: Describe the medication you chose, including: The biological actions and effects of the medication. The neurotransmitters affected and what effects each neurotransmitter has. Whether it is a drug agonist or drug antagonist. How the medication affects the brain. The behavioral and psychological effects of the medication. The therapeutic effects of the medication that affect mood and behavior. The side effects of the medication that affect mood and behavior. Describe the mood disorder (depression or bipolar disorder) the medication treats. Common symptoms of the disorder. Analyze how the medication treats the disorder. Include strengths and weaknesses of using this medication to treat the disorder. You can use the following sources to find more information about your chosen medication: Prescribers\’ Digital Reference (PDR). (n.d.). https://www.pdr.net You can access basic information about medications without a login, just type the name of the medication in the search area. The PDR has been the standard go-to for information on medications for a number of years and is considered one of the more credible sources. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. (n.d.). Information for consumers and patients | Drugs https://www.fda.gov/drugs/resources-you-drugs/information-consumers-and-patients-drugs You can access the FDA\’s information on a number of medications using the search feature. Government websites are a great source for credible information and often a primary source for demographic information and other statistics. Once you\’ve gathered information from one or both of the above websites, find two scholarly sources to use. Additional Requirements Your assessment should also meet the following requirements: Writing style: Text is well-organized, incorporates evidence, and uses appropriate tone in grammatically sound sentences. APA format: References and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting guidelines. Learn more in the Evidence and APA section of the Writing Center. Resources: A minimum of three resources (at least two scholarly resources and one professional, credible resource, such as the PDR). Length: 3-4 typed, double-spaced pages of content, in addition to a title page and a reference page. Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point. Competencies Measured By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment scoring guide criteria: Competency 1: Explain the biological effects of psychoactive substances. Explain the biological actions and effects of medications. Competency 2: Explain the behavioral and psychological effects of psychoactive substances. Explain the behavioral and psychological effects of the medication. Competency 3: Analyze the use of medication to treat specific mental health disorders. Describe the mood disorder. Analyze how the medication treats the disorder. Competency 4: Apply scholarly research findings to topics in psychopharmacology. Use scholarly sources to support main points. Competency 5: Address assessment purpose in a well-organized text, incorporating appropriate evidence and tone in grammatically sound sentences. Address assessment purpose in a well-organized text, incorporating appropriate evidence and tone in grammatically sound sentences. Apply APA style guidelines for formatting citations and references with few errors.