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Brain Function and Psychotropic Drugs$
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Heather Ashton

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780192622426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192622426.001.0001

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Drugs used in depression and mania

Drugs used in depression and mania

(p.256) 12 Drugs used in depression and mania
Brain Function and Psychotropic Drugs

Heather Ashton

Oxford University Press

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

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