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Drugs used in depression and mania

Heather Ashton

in Brain Function and Psychotropic Drugs

Published in print August 1992 | ISBN: 9780192622426
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191724749 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192622426.003.0012
Drugs used in depression and mania

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This chapter describes the main drugs used in affective disorders. Many drugs produce euphoria in normal subjects and some of these, at least temporarily, lighten mood in depressed patients. However, a characteristic of antidepressant drugs is that they have little effect on mood in normal subjects, yet restore normal mood in patients with clinical depression. Similarly, some drugs which are effective in mania (lithium, carbamazepine) have little effect on mood in normal subjects.

Keywords: depression; mania; carbemazepine; euphoria; antidepressant drugs; clinical depression; lithium; normal mood

Chapter.  7930 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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