The Biological Basis of Mental Health Nursing

2nd Edition

By William T. Blows

© 2011 – Routledge

330 pages

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pub: 2010-12-13
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About the Book

Written by an experienced nurse lecturer who also trained as a mental health nurse, this book explores the underlying biology associated with the pathology of mental health disorders and the related nervous system. Fully revised for this second edition, the text includes three new chapters on brain development,pharmacology and learning, behavioural and developmental disorders.

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 Nursing covers topics including:

  • the physiology of neurotransmission and receptors
  • hormones and mental health
  • the biology of emotions, stress, anxiety and phobic states
  • the biology of substance abuse
  • the pharmacology of psychoactive drugs
  • developmental disorders
  • brain anatomy and development
  • the biology of behaviour
  • genetics and mental health
  • affective disorders: depression, mania and suicide
  • schizophrenia
  • autism and other syndromes
  • the ageing brain and dementia
  • degenerative diseases of the brain
  • epilepsy.

Accessibly laid out, with many of diagrams, tables and key points at the end of each chapter, this is an essential text for mental health nursing 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 mental health 6. The biology of behaviour 7. Genetic disorders affecting mental health 8. Drug use and abuse 9. Anxiety, fear and emotions 10. Schizophrenia 11. Depression 12. Epilepsy 13. Subcortical degenerative diseases of the brain 14. The ageing brain and dementia

About the Author

William T. Blows is Lecturer in Applied Biological Sciences at City University, London. He is also the author of The Biological Basis of Nursing: Clinical Observations and The Biological Basis of Nursing: Cancer.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Anatomy
MEDICAL / Nursing / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Physiological Psychology