PS101 Lecture Notes - Anxiety Disorder, Psychosurgery, Lithium Carbonate

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Approaches to treatment and therapy chapter 16. Contemporary view alternatives between mental disorders as disease (medical treatment)& emotional problems (psychological treatment) Drug treatment on the rise makes people money: medications that alter the production of or response to neurotransmitter in the brain. Lots of side effects with the dopamine drugs. Most designed to block or reduce the sensitivity of brain receptors that respond to dopamine. The drugs work, however there are many, bad, side effects. Side effects such as muscular rigidity, tremors and involuntary muscle movement. Drugs used primarily in the treatment of mood disorders, especially depression and anxiety. Sometimes the side effects are too much as people go off their drugs. Three classes of antidepressants: monoamine oxidase inhibitors (maois) use to be the most popular, tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssris) newest. It has fewer side effects because it is so specific. Increase activity of gaba (neurotransmitter) reason why people who have anxiety disorder drink alcohol.

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