Psychopharmacology is the name given to the practice
of studying and using pharmacological agents that affect mental
and emotional functions.
The term is usually applied more specifically
to drugs used in the control of psychiatric illnesses, namely
antianxiety, antidepressant, and antimanic medications. The
widespread use of drugs among individuals suffering from mental
is a relatively recent phenomenon, developing since the 1950s.
Medications can be an important part of a treatment
plan in some patients, but not all. Some patients may choose
to be in psychological
treatment or individual therapy from an external therapist
and in this case Dr. Oddy functions in a collaborative role,
psychopharmacologist, working as a team member with the patient
and therapist(s) as other members of the team.
Dr. Oddy has an extensive pre-clinical background in pharmacology,
neuropharmacology, and up-to-date clinical experience with psychotropic