Developing appropriate pharmacological treatment plans requires medical and mental health professionals
to consider all potential factors that may be contributing to the client’s psychopathology. Contributing factors
may include family history of mental illness (Preston, O’Neal, & Talaga, 2010), personal history, life
circumstances, and drug abuse. Additionally, neurotransmitter malfunctions (genetic or self-induced) may
manifest as diagnosable mental illnesses. Mental health care teams (e.g., counselors, medical doctors,
psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and support teams) need to consider all of these factors in
diagnosing and treating psychopathology.
For this Discussion, review the document “Neurobiology Considerations Case Study: Suzy” found in this
week’s Learning Resources and consider the recommendations you might make to treat Suzy.
By Day 3
Post a brief description of the possible pharmacological recommendations for treating Suzy. Explain any
neurobiological considerations that inform your recommendations. Explain the benefits and limitations of
your recommendations. Justify your recommendations based on the Learning Resources and current
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources