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While psychotropic drugs have proven useful in the treatment of a variety of psychological and behavioral disturbances, they simultaneously hinder the counseling process (Matorin and DeChillo 1984). There are so many possible drug side effects that it is increasingly difficult for a counselor to record accurate case notes on a client who is exhibiting drug induced psychological or medical conditions. Matorin and DeChillo (1984) recommended that the professional counselor, the attending physician and the client, if possible, meet to discuss the potential drug side effects thus assuring that the overall functioning of the client is taken into account. When assessing the client, the counselor with the physician's help, will be made aware of the four groups of drugs that are prescribed for the many behavioral and psychological disorders. The four drug groups are, according to Apelgren and Rowles (1975): Antipsychotics, Antidepressants, Antimanics and Anxiolytics (Antianxiety agents).

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Master of Arts


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Ann Vernon


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