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(p. 369) Judicious Reliance on Psychotropic Medications 

(p. 369) Judicious Reliance on Psychotropic Medications
(p. 369) Judicious Reliance on Psychotropic Medications

Patrick H. DeLeon

, Anita B. Brown

, and Sean P. Convoy

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date: 25 October 2020

Military service members, veterans, and their families represent a critical population that is perennially vulnerable to stress. Consequently, the military health care system recognizes both the value of and need for expanding the scope of practice of psychologists and advanced practice nurses. Delivering care to this population requires a refined lens that balances the need for symptom management with definitive treatment. This chapter introduces the art and science of psychotropic prescribing with this population through the prisms of military culture, mission, and the biopsychosocial formulation. This chapter outlines the contributions of psychology and advanced practice psychiatric nursing to the delivery of behavioral health care in military environments. The focus is on issues that have contributed to defining the value and limitations of treatment with psychotropic medications, as well as guidance for practitioners with an interest in prescribing.

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