Biological Therapies for Schizophrenia

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  • Biological Therapies
    • Anti-psychotics
      • Conventional Antipsychotics - dopamine antagonists
        • Bind to receptor sites like D2 and blocks their actions - eliminates symps
      • Atypical Antipsychotics- temporarily occupies D2's then rapidly separates to allow normal flow
      • Davis et al - 19% of pp's relapsed on antipsychotics  - 55% relapsed on placebo's
      • Leuct et al - Atypical only slightly more effective
      • Vaughn and Leff - Med+Hostile Enviroment = 53% relapse.  Med+Non Hostile = 12% relapse.
      • Ross and Reed - being prescribed medication reinforces the view there is something wrong with you.
        • Side effects - tardive dyskinseia - 30% get it, 70% irreversiable
    • ECT
      • Electroconvulsive Therapy
        • Consent gained, pre-treatment evaluation, general anaesthic and muscle relaxant
          • Shocks are given 0.6 amps for 0.5-1 sec. Unilateral or bilateral. 3-15 sessions over 2-3 weeks.

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