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A biological psychologist explains abnormal behaviour in terms of abnormal behaviour, so it
explains mental disorder as the consequence of malfunctioning biological systems.
Treatment should involve repairing the `broken' systems, through Somatic processes like:
drugs, ECT and psychosurgery.
Also called a `medical model' as it treats abnormality as a physical…

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Cause and effect? Evidence available does not support a cause and effect link e.g.
schizophrenia Is often linked to an excess of dopamine, however some show schizophrenics
have lower levels of this.
Inconclusive Evidence ­ There is no evidence mental disorders are purely caused by
genetic inheritance ­ concordance rates…

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· Benzodiazepines (BZs) are most commonly used to treat anxiety and stress, which
slow down the central nervous system's activity.
· GABA is the body's natural anti-anxiety neurotransmitter, which has a quietening
effect on the brain's neurones. It does this by reacting with GABA receptors on
neurones, when it does…

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ECT ­ Electro Convulsive Therapy

· Typically used in severely depressed patients when drugs and psychotherapy hasn't worked.
· Often used when there's a high suicide risk as often has quicker results than drugs.
· National Institute for Clinical Excellence said it should only be used when all other options…

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ABRAMS said we are not close to finding out why it works, however most agree that it changes
how the brain works. ECT alters way neurotransmitters act.


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