AS Psychology - Biological Psychology - Unit 2 - Benzodiazepines

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Introduction
Benzodiazepines (Also known as BZs) were
introduced in the 1960s.
They took over from barbiturates which
were lethal if an overdose was taken.
Benzodiazepines have become the most
prescribed drugs used to treat clinical
disorders
Examples of them are: Librium, Valium and
Mogadon…read more

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How they work.
Benzodiazepines act in the brain
They increase the action of a
neurotransmitter called GABA
GABA reduces the activity of other
neurotransmitter pathways within the brain
By increasing this, benzodiazepines produce
greater inhibitory action of
neurotransmitter action in the brain.
There is some evidence that inhibition of
noradrenalin and serotonin are key for the
anti-stress effects of benzodiazepines…read more

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Librium and Valium are successful anti-
anxiety drugs and are often prescribed
to relieve stress assosciated with
bereavement.…read more

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Strengths
An easy and effective way to treat
stress and anxiety
Come in many forms and strengths so
can be suited the person's individual
needs or reactions
Relatively safe if overdose is taken…read more

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Weaknesses
Range of side effects including-
tiredness/sedation, loss of motor
control and in long term BZ
treatment, memory impairment
Can lead to dependence and
withdrawal
Do not target the cause of stress…read more

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