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They are the most prescribed drugs used to · They increase the action of
treat clinical disorders.
· Examples include:Librium,Valium,Mogadon
neurotransmitter GABA which is an
inhibitory neurotransmitter which
· Librium/Valium are effective anti-anxiety reduces the activity of other
drugs while Mogadon is an effective
sleeping drug. neurotransmitter within in the brain.
· Librium/Valium are often prescribed for life · Benzodiazepines therefore produce
events like bereavement greater inhibition of neurotransmitter
activity in the brain.
· There is some evidence that the
inhibition of noradrenalin and serotonin
are particularly important for anti-
anxiety and anti-stress.…read more

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Evaluation of Benzodiazepines
Relatively safe in case of
Ethical issues: have to
gain informed consent
Have a range of side
effects e.g. tiredness
Can lead to physical
dependence which can
lead to withdrawal
Doesn't target the
source of stress or help
the individual deal with
coping strategies…read more


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