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Biological therapies for schizophrenia

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Antipsychotic Medication

Drugs are effective in treating the most disturbing forms of psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia
and bipolar disorder, are called antipsychotics. Antipsychotic medication helps the person with the
disorder function as well as possible in their life, as well as increasing their feelings of subjective
wellbeing. Conventional antipsychotics…

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Appropriateness of conventional antipsychotics

Tardive dyskinesia ­ conventional antipsychotics have many worrying side effects, including
tardive dyskinesia. About 30% of people taking antipsychotic medication develop tardive
dyskinesia, and it is irreversible in 75% of cases (Hill, 1986).
Motivational deficits ­ Ross and Read (2004) argue that being prescribed medication


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