This book explores the underlying biology and neuroscience associated with mental health and wellbeing.
This fully revised fourth edition includes new chapters on behavioural science, and brain-gut and brain-gender connections, as well as expanded content on memory and genetics. Integrating up-to-date pharmacological and genetic research with an understanding of environmental factors that impact on human biology, The Biological Basis of Mental Health covers topics including brain development, neural communication, neurotransmitters and receptors, hormones and behaviour, genetic disorders, pharmacology, substance misuse, anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, epilepsy, subcortical degenerative diseases of the brain, dementia, developmental disorders and sleep.
This unique textbook is an essential read for all healthcare students, practitioners and educators with an interest in mental health and neuroscience.
Table of Contents
1.Introduction to the brain. 2.Brain development 3.Neural communication 4.Neurotransmitters and receptors 5.The brain-body connection: Gut microbiota, immunity and brain gender. 6.Hormones 7.Behaviour 8.Genetics I: Introduction and Autosomes 9.Genetics II: Sex chromosomes and gene disorders. 10.Pharmacology 11.Illicit substance use disorders 12.Common substance misuse 13.Emotions 14.Stress, anxiety and fear. 15.Schizophrenia 16.Antipsychotic drugs 17.Affective disorders 18.Antidepressant drugs 19.Epilepsy 20.Subcortical degenerative disorders of the brain 21.Memory and learning 22.The ageing brain and dementia 23.Communication and developmental disorders 24.Sleep
William T. Blows was formerly a lecturer at City University of London, UK where he taught biology to nurses.