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3rd Edition

The Biological Basis of Mental Health

ISBN 9781138900615
Published April 4, 2016 by Routledge
396 Pages 210 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the underlying biology associated with the pathology of mental health disorders and the related nervous system. Fully revised for this third edition, each chapter has been updated to include the latest research, ideas and concepts in each field, and includes a new chapter on sleep.

Integrating up-to-date pharmacological and genetic knowledge 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, drug abuse, anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, epilepsy, subcortical degenerative diseases of the brain, dementia, developmental disorders, and sleep.

Accessible and engaging, this is an essential text for mental health students, practitioners and educators.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Brain  2. Brain Development  3. Neural Communication  4. Neurotransmitters and receptors  5. Hormones and Behaviour  6. Genetic Disorders Affecting Mental Health  7. Pharmacology  8. Drug Abuse  9. Stress, Emotions, Anxiety and Fear  10. Schizophrenia  11. Affective Disorders  12. Epilepsy  13. Subcortical Degenerative Diseases of the Brain  14. The Ageing Brain and Dementia  15. Learning, Behavioural and Developmental Disorders  16. Sleep

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William T. Blows is a former Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at City University London. His research centres on the biology of the brain, particularly in relation to mental health disorders.