Psychiatric Disorders

Psychiatric Disorders - One of the theories associated with...

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Psychiatric Disorders 1 Nicole Ureste Psychiatric Disorders, Diseases, and Drugs November 28, 2010 PSY/240 Leslie Whitten
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Psychiatric Disorders 2 A psychiatric disorder is a disorder of psychological function that is severe enough to require treatment by a psychiatrist (Pinel, 2007). There are many psychiatric disorders including but not limited to schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, mania, and depression. Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a disorder that is thought to be genetic and studies have shown that the chances of a child developing this disorder if one of their parents has it are about 10%. Even though it can be genetic it has many different causes and there are certain individuals who are more likely to develop it than others. Those people are individuals who have experienced early infections, autoimmune reactions, toxins, stress, and traumatic injury. In these cases individuals are more likely when they have a genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia.
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Unformatted text preview: One of the theories associated with schizophrenia is the dopamine theory. By studying Parkinson’s disease and the people who had died from it, researches noticed that they had died due to the depletion of dopamine. Chlorpromazine, the first antischizophrenic drug, caused people to experience Parkinson’s like symptoms which made researchers believe that the effects of these drugs may be produced in the same way. Chlorpromazine was the first antischizophrenic drug used in treating the disorder. It did not cure the disorder and also did not work on all patients with the disorder however it did calm some of them enough that they were able to be treated and discharged from the hospital. Other effective drugs that have been used to treat this disorder are haloperidol, and clozapine. Clozapine is rarely used because it causes a severe blood disorder. Depression Psychiatric Disorders 3...
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