1. The biological approach to treating schizophrenia involves drug therapy.
2. Treatment is based on the dopamine hypothesis – the theory that schizophrenia is linked to increased dopamine activity in the brain. Antipsychotic drugs (neuroleptics) work by blocking dopamine receptors.
Drug therapy is effective at reducing positive symptoms, e.g. hallucinations.
It’s successful for a large number of schizophrenia patients, meaning that more people can live in the community rather than being instuitionalised. It’s the most widely used and effective form of treatment for schizophrenia. Almost all other treatments are used alongside drug therapy.
Drug therapy isn’t very effective for treating negative symptoms like…