How Antipsychotic Drugs Work in the Brain


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This is a term used to describe a mental condition that causes abnormal thinking and changes in the way reality is perceived.

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1. This is an example of a psychotic disorder that is characterized by impaired thinking, emotions and behaviors.

2. Nerves communicate with each other by releasing these chemical messengers.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Take this quiz/worksheet to determine what you know about the effects of antipsychotics on the human brain. You'll be covering key topics like a mental condition that causes abnormal thinking and changes your perception and an example of a disorder associated with impaired thinking, behaviors and emotions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how much you can recall about the following:

  • Chemical messengers released by nerves
  • Example of a chemical messenger
  • Type of antipsychotic drug that has a lower risk of muscular side effects but can cause weight gain

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you understand the most important information from the lesson on antipsychotics, including a type of disorder where thinking, emotions and behavior are impaired
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a mental condition that induces abnormal thinking and distorts your perception of reality
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the term for chemical messengers that are released by nerves and a type of antipsychotic drug that reduces the risk of muscular side effects and causes weight gain

Additional Learning

To learn more about this class of drugs, you can review the lesson named How Antipsychotic Drugs Work in the Brain. You'll be going over these points listed below:

  • Mental conditions that may require antipsychotic drugs
  • Different ways these drugs can alter brain chemistry
  • Types of antipsychotics used to treat mental conditions