How Antidepressants Work in the Brain


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These are chemical messengers within the brain that allow nerve cells to communicate with each other.

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1. Serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine are all examples of which of the following?

2. Generally, antidepressants work by increasing the brain's concentration of which of the following?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quiz your knowledge of how antidepressants work in the brain by answering these multiple-choice questions. Topics you'll be covering include the chemical messengers in the brain that help nerve cells to communicate with each other and the category associated with dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz/worksheet will address these areas:

  • The way antidepressants work by increasing a chemical in the brain
  • Older antidepressant that boosts the concentration of serotonin and norepinephrine
  • Newer antidepressant that inhibits the reuptake of serotonin back to the first neuron

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you understand the most important information from the lesson on the way antidepressants work in the brain, including the common category of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the type of newer antidepressants that inhibit the reuptake of serotonin back to the first communicating neuron
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the chemical that's increased in the brain by antidepressants and the term for chemical messengers in the brain that aid nerve cells in their communication with each other

Additional Learning

For more on antidepressants, you can review the lesson called How Antidepressants Work in the Brain. The following areas will be covered in greater detail:

  • Depression as a medical disorder
  • Main role of antidepressants
  • Chemical balance of neurons in the brain
  • Different types of antidepressants