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4th Edition

The Biological Basis of Mental Health

ISBN 9780367563189
Published November 16, 2021 by Routledge
488 Pages 187 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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William T. Blows was formerly a lecturer at City University of London, UK where he taught biology to nurses.