Written by recognized experts in their fields, Brain Mechanisms and Psychotropic Drugs integrates clinical psychopharmacology with basic neuroscience and offers the latest in treatment approaches for major psychiatric disorders.
The text is divided into three major sections. The first two sections focus on basic neuroscience, covering fundamental concepts such as ion channels, synapses, second messenger mechanisms, and the aging brain. The second section contains chapters on serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA, glutamate, and peptides. The final section is clinically oriented and discusses major psychotropic drug classes: antidepressants, neuroleptics, mood stabilizers, benzodiazepines, and cognition-enhancing drugs. This is a must-have volume for all those involved in the clinical use of psychotropic medications, from medical students to practitioners and researchers.
Table of Contents
Membranes, Synapses, and Ion Channels, J.M. Wojtowicz
Altered Signal Transduction in Psychiatric Illness, C. Hudson and A. Lin
The Aging Nervous System, G.O. Ivy
Neurotransmitters and Neuromodulators
Serotonin and Dopamine as Neurotransmitters, A. Baskys and G. Remington
Acetylcholine, G.M. Hasey
The Pharmacology of the Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid System, M.F. Davies
Glutamate Receptors, J.F. MacDonald, J.M. Wojtowicz, and A. Baskys
Peptides, H.H. Swanson
Antidepressants, R. Kamil
Mood-Stabilizing Agents, R.T. Joffe and L.T. Young
Neuroleptics, G. Remington
Benzodiazepines: Mechanisms of Action and Clinical Indications, J. Nelson and G. Chouinard
Cognition-Enhancing (Nootropic) Drugs, M. Windisch
"The editors and contributors . . . have made a valiant effort to link clinical outsome to explanatory intracranial neuronal behavior elicited by commonly prescribed psychoactive drugs. . . . the book addresses a need and will be useful to practicing psychiatrists."
Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science