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Drug therapy (psychopharmacology)

Drugs can be effective but can also have negative side effects.

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Antidepressants

Used to treat depression. There are two main types.

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SSRIs

Allow serotonin to stay in synapses; increase activity of serotonin. For example, Prozac.

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MAO inhibitors

Prevent breakdown of monoamine's such as serotonin. For example, Nardil.

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Anxiolytics

Used to treat anxiety.

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Benzodiazepines

Tranquilizers. For example, Valium.

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Antipsychotics

Used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, such as delusions and agitation. For example, clozapine.

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Electroconvulsive therapy

Treatment for major depression. Dr. uses electric shocks through brain hemispheres to induce seizures. Side effects include muscle aches and memory loss.

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Surgery

Treatment that physically changes the brain, such as prefrontal lobotomy.