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What evidence is there to support the dopamine hypothesis?

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Herein, what is the evidence for and against the dopamine hypothesis?

Evidence against the dopamine hypothesis These studies showed that some patients had over 90% of their D2 receptors blocked by antipsychotic drugs, but showed little reduction in their psychoses. This primarily occurs in patients who have had the psychosis for ten to thirty years.

One may also ask, is dopamine increased or decreased in schizophrenia? Stress in schizophrenia patients causes an increased release of dopamine in the prefrontal cortex, which cannot be counteracted by reduced GABAA receptor complex activity, as well as dendritic spine loss in the prefrontal cortex (214, 215).

One may also ask, how is dopamine linked to schizophrenia?

It also plays a role in other psychiatric and movement disorders, like Parkinson's disease. In schizophrenia, dopamine is tied to hallucinations and delusions. That's because brain areas that "run" on dopamine may become overactive. Antipsychotic drugs stop this.

What causes too much dopamine?

Dopamine problems are implicated in ADHD, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, depression, bipolar disorders, binge eating, addiction, gambling, and schizophrenia. Having too much dopamine in the wrong place can make you psychotic.

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