Flashcards in 11-12 Neuroscience of Anxiety and Depression Deck (45)
What's the difference between fear and anxiety?
Fear is the response to threat; anxiety is anticipation of perceived threat - could be real or imagined. Anxiety tends to be longer-lasting than fear response.
What are the five types of anxiety disorder?
1. Generalised Anxiety Disorder
3. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
5. Panic Disorder
What is the incidence of anxiety disorders in Australia?
One in seven in any one year; one in four in lifetime
Why did benzodiazepines replace barbiturates as anxiety treatments?
Barbiturates have very poor therapeutic index (window between beneficial effect and dangerous side effects). Benzos better TI.
What were two misconceptions about the long-term effects of benzodiazepines?
1. That they were not addictive
2. That the sedative effects would decrease with tolerance and anxiolytic effects would remain
How do benzodiazepines act on GABA receptors?
They have binding sites on GABA-A (ionotropic) receptors and facilitate activation
Why are benzodiazepines dangerous to use with alcohol?
Both are GABA agonists - too much GABA, everything slows down
What withdrawal profile do benzodiazepines have?
Similar to that of alcohol - anxiety, jitters...
What class of drugs is the first-line treatment for anxiety disorders today?
SSRIs and SNRIs
How can adrenergic antagonists be used to reduce anxiety disorders?
Beta-blockers such as Propranolol can be used to reduce physiological symptoms of anxiety.
What do beta-blockers do?
Block noradrenergic activity
How can beta-blockers affect memory of emotional events?
We tend to remember more emotionally charged events, because arousal facilitates memory. Ability of emotion to affect memory performance relies on noradrenaline.
What did Cahill et al. show in their 1994 study of beta-blockers and memory?
It was shown that beta-blockers prevent memory enhancement for emotional part of a story. Pps remembered the emotionally charged part of narrative no better than neutral part. In control group, emotional part of story remembered in drastically more detail.
What are the DSM criteria for major depression?
For the last 2 weeks have you had:
1. Depressed mood
2. Loss of interest or pleasure?
If you answered 'YES' have you experienced:
1. Depressed mood most of the day 2. Less interest or pleasure in all activities
3. Weight loss or gain (when not dieting) 4. Sleeping difficulties
5. Slowed or fastened movements
6. Tiredness or loss of energy
7. Feeling worthless
8. Difficulty concentrating
9. Thoughts of death
What are the DSM criteria for bipolar?
Behaviour associated with mania includes:
being reckless or taking unnecessary risks increased spending
increased sex drive
hallucinations and/or delusions.
By 2020 depression will be...
...the second most common disease in the world
What is the incidence of clinical depression among Australians?
1 in 5 Australians
What percent of Australians have depression at any given time?
How often is depression treated by GPs?
It's the second most common ailment after hypertension
What percentage of all mental health prescriptions are antidepressants?
How do MAO inhibitors work?
They prevent the breakdown of monoamines DA, NE and 5-HT, thus increasing the levels of these neurotransmitter in the brain
In which cases are MAOIs and tricyclics used today?
When patients don't respond to SSRIs
What drugs superseded MAOIs?
Tricyclic - more specific than MAOIs, but not by much.
How do tricyclics work?
They stop NT reuptake by blocking reuptake pump. Still have wide side effect profile, and overdose can be lethal
What are some SSRIs?
Fluoxetine - Prozac; Sertraline - Zoloft
How are SSRIs different from MAOIs and tricyclics?
They block reuptake only of 5-HT - more specific
How many subclasses of 5-HT receptors are there?
At least 9
What are side effects of SSRIs?
• Anxiety + jitteriness in first few days of use • Insomnia, or more rarely, sedation
• Sexual side effects
• Nausea and diarrhea
• Withdrawal (discontinuation syndrome)
Which of the serotonin receptors has been most closely linked to reducing anxiety?
5-HT1A has been implicated in anxiety reduction and antidepressant action.