Antipsychotic drugs such as Thorazine are often used to treat schizophrenia. Antipsychotic drugs are used as
agonist to mimic the effects of serotonin
agonist to mimic the effects of dopamine
antagonist to inhibit the action of dopamine
antagonist to inhibit the action of serotonin
agonist to mimic the effects of GABA
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Interesting facts...there are neurological mechanisms!
There is a (debated) argument that schizophrenia can be explained by an overabundance of dopamine (that's a really basic and not entirely accurate description, it's really more complicated, but the statement suffices for answering this question). With this knowledge, what would you do to reduce dopamine activity? It's also important that you have a clear understanding of the differences between an agonist and an antagonist.
Recent studies have found that smoking significantly reduces the secretion of the neurotransmitter "Dopamine," but, it deed leads to cancer. Vehemently, research have to be advanced and scientists are delving hard deeper to find an answer. However, every studies are quick off the mark in their approaches it is in the hands of the people to be fit as a fiddle. There are various ethical issues during experimentation, which amortize the developmental progress of neuroscience.
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hello i am taking an AP psychology course and ran into this question to and after reading your comments so would it be the third option?
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@cbrusoe yes that would be correct. It's sort of over-simplified, like I said the actual process is much more complicated, but the idea is that if schizophrenia is caused by an excessive amount of dopamine then it could be treated with a drug to inhibit the activity of dopamine (presumably by blocking dopamine receptors).
@nikolas: There are latest methods to reduce the production of dopamine to certain level, rather blocking.