Iatrogenesis: Prescription Drugs and Psychiatric Disorders

This activity is designed for general, neuropsychiatrists, pediatric and geriatric psychiatrists, neurologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, psychologists, social workers, other mental health professionals and primary care clinicians involved in managing patients with psychiatric disorders.

Supported by educational grants from:

Acadia Pharmaceuticals and Eisai Co., Ltd.

Activity Information


Original Release Date: November 20, 2019
Expiration Date: November 20, 2020
Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 1.0 hour



Program Overview

A psychiatric diagnosis can only be made after determining that the symptoms are due neither to a general medical condition nor to use of a prescription or recreational drug. Many medical conditions may cause psychiatric symptoms, including endocrine, neurologic, and oncologic diseases, as well as vitamin deficiencies and infections. Many classes of drugs can induce symptoms of depression, anxiety, mania, and psychosis. Symptoms usually arise soon after drug initiation and are commonly related to high doses, polypharmacy, rapid titration, narrow therapeutic index, and stressful situations. Clinicians will benefit from this program which reviews the many drugs and conditions that may cause psychiatric symptoms.


Henry A. Nasrallah, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroscience
Director, Neuropsychiatry Program
Director, Schizophrenia Program
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, Ohio
Professor Emeritus
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Recognize the general medical conditions that can cause psychiatric disorders
  • Describe the various psychiatric disorders that may occur with various prescription medications
  • Review the prescription drugs associated with unwanted psychiatric symptoms

Method of Participation

Participants should read the activity information, review the activity in its entirety, and complete the online post-test and evaluation. Upon completing this activity as designed and achieving a passing score on the post-test, you will be directed to a webpage that will allow you to receive your certificate of credit via email or you may print it out at that time.
The online post-test and evaluation can be accessed at
Inquiries about CME accreditation may be directed to the University of Cincinnati at forneyba@uc.edu or 513-558-3197.



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Cincinnati and Global Academy for Medical Education. The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing education for physicians.
Physician Credit Designation

The University of Cincinnati designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants Credit Designation
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Faculty Disclosures
In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Essential Areas and Policies, information about the relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials distributed at the conference.

Henry A. Nasrallah, MD
Has indicated that he received Research Grants from: Forest, Forum, and Otsuka. Dr Nasrallah has been a Consultant for: Acadia, Alkermes, Allergan, Janssen, Lundbeck, Neurocrine, Otsuka, Sunovion, and Teva. He has also been on the Speakers Bureau for: Acadia, Alkermes, Janssen, Neurocrine, Otsuka, Sunovion, and Teva.

Planning Committee Members
Ruth Kollmer No Relevant Relationships
Margaret McLaughlin, PhD No Relevant Relationships
Bruce Gebhardt MD  No Relevant Relationships
Susan P. Tyler No Relevant Relationships

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, University of Cincinnati will implement mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME activity.

Off-Label Disclosure
The faculty have been instructed to identify investigational drugs or devices or discussion of drugs or devices that is outside of labeling currently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Contact Information for Technical Questions
Please technical questions or concerns to Global Academy for Medical Education at 973-290-8225 or email info@globalacademycme.com.

Fee Information
There is no fee for this educational activity.

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