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Neurochemical Tempest

R. Walter Heinrichs

in In Search of Madness

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195122190
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865482 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195122190.003.0006
 Neurochemical Tempest

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This chapter focuses on what may be the most widely acknowledged scientific fact about schizophrenia: most patients' symptoms improve in response to dopamine-blocking antipsychotic medication. It describes the elements of neurochemistry implicated in schizophrenia with particular attention to dopamine, serotonin, and glutamate.

Keywords: schizophrenia; symptoms; medication; dopamine; serotonin; glutamate

Chapter.  14344 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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