Biological therapies for schizophrenia: drug therapy

  • Created by: gemshort
  • Created on: 21-05-18 13:14

Typical antipsychotics
These have been around since the 1950s and include Chlorpromazine - there is a strong association between the use of typical antipsychotics and the dopamine hypothesis

  • Typical antipsychotics work by acting as antagonists in the dopamine system
  • Dopamine antagonists work by blocking dopamine receptors in the synapse of the brain, reducing the action of dopamine
  • According to the dopamine hypothesis, this dopamine-antagonist effect normalises neurotransmission in key areas of the brain, reducing symptoms like hallucinations

As well as having antipsychotic properties, Chlorpromazine is also an effective

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar Psychology resources:

See all Psychology resources »See all Schizophrenia resources »