Amine hypothesis evaluation

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    • Drugs only help the symptoms and don't 'cure' the depression
      • suggests psychological factors as well as biological
    • are fluctuations in neurotransmitters the cause or an effect?
    • negative side effects with drug e.g. nausea
    • There are newer drugs which don't affect neurotransmitters but relieve depression
      • suggests a more complex system than the amine hypothesis suggests
    • everyone is affected by anti depressants in different ways (individual difference)
    • Drugs take a few weeks to have an effect, suggesting a weak point
    • women are subject to more fluctuating hormones, which would explain why they have higher rates of depression
    • Klimek- depressed people have an abnormal brain structure which could affect neurotransmitters


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