Biological Basis of Nursing: Mental Health / Edition 1

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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. Integrating related pharmacological and genetic knowledge, The Biological Basis of Nursing: Mental Health covers topics including:

  • the physiology of neurotransmission and receptors
  • the normal human brain
  • hormones and mental health
  • the biology of emotions, stress, anxiety and phobic states
  • the biology of substance abuse
  • developmental disorders
  • genetics and mental health
  • affective disorders: depression and suicide
  • schizophrenia
  • the ageing brain and dementia
  • degenerative diseases of the brain
  • epilepsy and sleep disorders.

Relevant to nurses at all stages of their training, this is an essential text for mental health nursing students, practitioners and educators.

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Reviewer:Marilyn Sample, B.S. and M.S.(Indiana State University)
Description:This book focuses on the biological components of a client's psychosocial needs. The author incorporates recent research and classical research to support the information presented.
Purpose:The author provides a much needed resource to help nurses understand the biophysical mechanisms that contribute to various mental illnesses and conditions. The author states in his preface that this book will be helpful in future exploration of the subject and he views the book as a reference tool. The author fulfilled the foci that he outlined in the preface, and the book is a valuable addition to references devoted to the understanding of the biophysical basis of mental health needs.
Audience:The author indicates that the book is written for nurses by a nurse. It is my opinion that the book would also be a valuable reference for students and practitioners in the psychosocial disciplines of psychology and counseling. The author is a credible authority.
Features:The book devotes several initial chapters to presenting basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. It addresses potentially complicated information in a logical and easy to read manner. The remaining chapters apply research and anatomy and physiology to help the reader understand the biophysical basis for specific mental illnesses and conditions. There are numerous diagrams and tables that enhance the presentation of the information. Each chapter ends with a list of key points which helps to highlight important information. The absence of color in the book is an esthetic weakness and may be consideredfor addition in a possible future edition. Some terms like patient versus client and compliance versus adherence may not be up-to-date.
Assessment:This book is a worthy adjunct to textbooks for the students in psychosocial disciplines and a valuable reference for practitioners. It is an improvement over a single chapter that may be offered in a textbook, but is still concise enough that it is not cumbersome or redundant.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415248532
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to the brain 1
Ch. 2 Neural communication 22
Ch. 3 Neurotransmitters and receptors 39
Ch. 4 Hormones and mental health 63
Ch. 5 Genetic disorders affecting mental health 74
Ch. 6 Drug use and abuse 108
Ch. 7 Anxiety, fear and emotions 135
Ch. 8 Schizophrenia 158
Ch. 9 Depression 180
Ch. 10 Epilepsy 203
Ch. 11 Subcortical degenerative diseases of the brain 222
Ch. 12 The ageing brain and dementia 240
Index 259
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