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Professor, student produce handbook that explains antipsychotic drugs

Ryan O'DellDrugs prescribed to treat psychoses, especially symptoms of schizophrenia, have evolved from the first generation antipsychotic drugs of the 1950s, such as Thorazine, to the third generation drugs now on the market, such as Abilify. Ryan O‘Dell (pictured), a student in the MD/PhD program at Upstate, and Thomas Schwartz, MD, interim chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Upstate, have co-written a handbook to these drugs for medical professionals. The book describes antipsychotic drugs in terms of how they work, the symptoms they treat – such as hallucinations or disordered thought processes -- and their side effects.