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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 (such as chlorpromazine) are used primarily to combat the
positive symptoms of schizophreniasuch as hallucinations and thought disturbances products of
an overactive dopamine system.…read more

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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
reinforces the idea that there is something wrong with you. This prevents the individual
from thinking about any possible stressors that might be a trigger for their condition.…read more


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