One thought on “How Do Atypical Antipsychotics Work and Who Needs Them?

  1. Arti says:

    It’s not known exactly how antipsychotics work to help relieve symptoms. But from the limited available evidence, it’s still unclear how well they do this, and whether they remain effective over the long-term. This might be how they reduce psychotic symptoms, which include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking, and agitation in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. But what we do know is that they affect levels of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, which play important roles in behavior and cognition, as well as sleep, mood, attention, memory, and learning. It also might explain how they can reduce aggression, irritability, and self-injuring behaviors associated with pervasive developmental disorders and disruptive behavior disorders.

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