essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical application


So dopamine contributes to motivation and the ability to experience pleasure and strong emotions.

We see low activity of dopamine in those with anhedonia, inattention,  restless leg syndrome, sexual dysfunction, parkinsonism, akathisia, dystonia and in those with neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS).  Conversely, high activity of dopamine is expressed in mania, euphoria, agitation, anger and aggression.

What conditions can you identify where dopaminergic medication are used or conversely, can you identify conditions where dopamine blockers are used?


Communicate using respectful, collegial language and terminology appropriate to advanced nursing practice. Communicate with minimal errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation. Use current APA format to format citations and references and is free of errors. Add 2 references within 5 years. One you’ve found on your own and another reference from

Stahl, S. M. (2021). Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical applications (5th ed.). Cambridge University Press.


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