PSY240H1 Lecture Notes - Group Psychotherapy, Systematic Desensitization, Biofeedback

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Sept 29, 09 (dn = does not/do not) Antipsychotic, antidepressant, anti-anxiety, mood stabilizer (like lithium therapy, used for bipolar disorder, anti-convulsive drugs) drugs depend on gender, age, tolerance of side effects, mechanism of action. thought of as the main treatment for psychological disorders (more so than psychotherapy) Pass electrical current through the head which triggers seizures. Still used quite frequently, even though we don"t know exactly how it works (made safer by shortening the duration of the current, lowering the intensity, lessening the number of sessions per patient, and muscle relaxants used now) Used to be used for schizophrenia, but now limited to people with mood disorders (like depression and bipolar disorder) can have impact on severely suicidal people, whose medication takes awhile to start working. can affect cognitive function, but the effects usually fade away after a few days. Remove part of the brain thought to be implicated in the disorder.

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