Brief outline of the Biological Therapies for Abnormality

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    • Drugs
      • Can be curative or palliative.
        • Antipsychotics  are used in treating disorders like schizophrenia - suppress dopamine
        • Antidepressants are used to treating mood disorders eg. depression. E.g. Prozac increases the levels of serotonin.
        • Anxiolytics reduce anxiety and include benzodiapines such as VALIUM
    • Electroconvulsive Therapy(ECT)
      • Delivering brief electric shocks to the brain
        • Works by  altering levels of serotonin and noradrenaline
          • Coffey et al (1991): those treated with ETC show no sign of brain damage. Reid(2005) said the shocks were beneficial to the brain cells through stimulating the production of a proctective protein.
    • Do they work?
      • Taminga(1970)-drug therapies useful in treating SOME symptoms
      • Lieberman(1998)-antidepressants do reduce symptoms of depression
      • Drugs delay and reduce the severity of the problem making it more manageable
      • Rey and  Walter (1997) 70% with severe depression find relief with ECT, but Schwartz(1995)  says 85% relapse so helpfulness of ECT is shorlived.


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