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Knowing that no matter where you practice nursing, many individuals under your care will be taking one psychotropic drug or another, how important is it for you to understand normal brain structure and function as they relate to mental disturbances and psychotropic drugs? Include the following in your answer:

How nurses can use the knowledge about how normal brain function (control of peripheral nerves, skeletal muscles, the autonomic nervous system, hormones, and circadian rhythms) can be affected by either psychotropic drugs or psychiatric illness

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In psychiatric nursing, the importance of understanding the normal brain function for a proper assessment to given pharmacological treatment relies upon the success of suppressing or eliminating the psychiatric disorder.

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