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What are the 3 main types of biological therapies?

1) Antipsychotic drugs
2) Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
3) Psychosurgery


How many different types of antipsychotic drugs are there?



What are the 2 different types of antipsychotic drugs?

Typical and atypical drugs


What are antipsychotic drugs in terms of dopamine?

Dopamine antagonists


Outline typical antipsychotic drugs

Primarily used to combat positive symptoms like hallucinations and thought disturbances - reduces the effect of dopamine - bind to dopamine receptors but do not stimulate them thus blocking their action


Name an example of a typical antipsychotic drug



How much do typical antipsychotic drugs cost a year?



Outline atypical antipsychotic drugs

Also used to combat positive symptoms but there are claims they have some beneficial effects on negative symptoms as well - thought to block serotonin receptors too - thought only temporarily occupy D2 receptors and rapidly dissociate to allow dopamine transmission hence recuing levels of side effects found when compared to conventional drugs


Name an example of an atypical antipsychotic drug



How much do atypical antipsychotic drugs costs a year?



Outline how ECT is given

Electric current is passed between 2 scalp electrodes to create a seizure - an electrode is placed above the temple of the non-dominant side of the brain and a second in the middle of the forehead (unilateral) - patient is injected with short-acting barbiturate so unconscious before electric shock is administered - given nerve-blocking agent, paralysing muscles to prevent them from contracting during treatment and fracturing - small amount of electric current of about 0.6A, lasting about half a second, passed through the brain - produces seizure lasting up to one minute which affects the entire brain - patient usually requires between 3-15 treatments


Outline psychosurgery for SZ

Involves damaging the brain to bring about behavioural changes - first used in the late 30s to sever connections between frontal lobes and rest of the brain - after, patients were calmer and displayed no symptoms of SZ but were sluggish, apathetic and no real quality of life


What is a big type of psychosurgery?

Ice-pick lobotomy


Outline ice-pick lobotomy

Involved instrument similar to an ice-pick - inserted under upper eye-lid and hammered up into the brain through orbital socket followed by rotation to sever connections - estimated 18,000 performed in the USA 1939-1951 but by 70s, died out due to drug therapies - some still carried out but only in very exceptional circumstances and using microelectrodes or lasers


What is a big issue of using antipsychotic drugs?

Ethical issues


What are the ethical issues of antipsychotic drugs?

There are side effects, death and psychosocial consequences associated with their use - when consequences are taken into account, cost-benefit analysis of advantage would most likely be negative


Name 2 positive points about typical antipsychotic drugs

1) Effectiveness in terms of relapse rates
2) Barlow & Durand (95)


What is the study for the effectiveness of typical antipsychotic drugs in terms of relapse rates?

Davis (80)


Outline Davis (80)

Analysed results of 29 studies and found significant difference between treatment and placebo groups reviewed demonstrating therapeutic effectiveness of drugs - 55% relapse with placebo and 19% on drugs


What is a negative of Davis (80)?

45% on placebo did benefit so figures are misleading


Name 4 negative points about typical antipsychotic drugs

1) Not fair to compare treatment conditions with placebo
2) Effectiveness in terms of other factors
3) Appropriateness - tardive dyskinesia
4) Appropriateness - motivation


Why is it not fair to compare treatment conditions with placebos for typical antipsychotic drugs?

Ross & Read argue not fair comparisons as with placebo, patient is in withdrawal state, flooded with dopamine as heightened sensitivity and increased numbers of dopamine receptors so total overwhelming of dopamine system so proportion relapse withdrawal


Explain effectiveness in terms of other factors in terms of typical antipsychotic drugs

Vaugh & Leff (76) found significant difference between treatment and placebo groups but only for those living with hostility and criticism in home environment - relapse rate 53% compared to 92% - individuals in more supportive home environments, no significant difference, 12% compared to 15%


What is tardive dyskinesia?

Uncontrollable movement of lips, tongue, face, hands feet, arms and legs


Explain tardive dyskinesia in regards to typical antipsychotic drugs

About 30% develop this and it is irreversible in 75% of cases


Outline appropriateness of typical antipsychotic drugs in terms of motivation

Ross & Read (04) taking drugs reinforces idea of 'something is wrong with you' preventing individual from thinking of possible stressors like life history or current circumstances which might be triggers so reducing motivation to look for possible solutions that might alleviate stressors and reduce suffering


Outline Barlow & Durand (95)

Report chlorpromazine effective in reducing SZ symptoms in about 60% of cases - appears to have most impact on positive symptoms and patients may still suffer from negative symptoms - suggest chlorpromazine effective by reducing dopamine suggesting high levels of dopamine contribute


What are 2 negative points about Barlow & Durand (95)?

1) 60% improve and not all
2) May still suffer from negative symptoms


Name 3 negative points about atypical drugs

1) Atypical vs typical
2) Only marginal support for them being particularly effective with negative symptoms - Leucht found one was 'slightly worse'
3) Weight gain, high cholesterol and diabetes are more likely


Outline atypical vs typical drugs for the evaluation of atypical drugs

A meta-analysis by Leucht in 1999 revealed superiority of drugs compared to typical ones was only moderate - found 2 new drugs tested only 'slightly' more effective than typical drugs but another 2 new drugs no more effective