Molecules and Mental Illness

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In its infancy, before the advent of psychoanalysis, the study of human psychology was centered on the notion that mental disorders resulted from physical problems in the brain. Today, a century and a half later, the field is once again focusing on the biological roots of abnormal psychology, Researchers armed with state-of-the-art imaging technology and molecular genetics techniques are revealing more and more about such symptoms as extreme fearfulness, depression, and the ...
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New York, New York, U.S.A. 1993 Hardcover New 0716750414. FLAWLESS COPY, BRAND NEW, PRISTINE, NEVER OPENED--TABLE OF CONTENTS: Preface 1 The Evolution of Biological Psychiatry 2 ... The Genetics of Behavior 3 How Genes Work 4 Neurons, Circuits, and Neurotransmission 5 Drugs and Receptors 6 Mania and Depression 7 Schizophrenia 8 Fears and Compulsions 9 Epilogue; Recapitulation (in Verse); References; and Sources of illustrations; Index. --DESCRIPTION: In Molecules and Mental Illness, Samuel Barondes explains the biological foundations of mental illnesses and the impact of recent findings on the pharmacological treatment of those illnesses. One of the few psychiatrists with formal training in molecular biology, Barondes offers an unusual perspective on the symptoms and treatment of mental illness. With biological research playing an increasingly important role in modern psychiatry and the treatment of patients, Molecules and Mental Illness is a timely, important book for patients and professionals alike. Read more Show Less

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Overview

In its infancy, before the advent of psychoanalysis, the study of human psychology was centered on the notion that mental disorders resulted from physical problems in the brain. Today, a century and a half later, the field is once again focusing on the biological roots of abnormal psychology, Researchers armed with state-of-the-art imaging technology and molecular genetics techniques are revealing more and more about such symptoms as extreme fearfulness, depression, and the inability to distinguish the imagined from the real.

In Molecules and Mental Illness, Samuel Barondes explains current research on the biological foundations of mental disorders and shows how recent findings have led to effective new drug therapies. Interspersed with his fascinating narrative are the writings of actual patients and their families describing their illnesses, the frustrations of being diagnosed, and the concessions and adaptations they have made.

"In a book for patients and professionals alike, the author explains the biological foundation of mental illness and its impact on pharmacological treatments...includes passages written by patients describing their illnesses."

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Editorial Reviews

Solomon Snyder
An exclusively elegant volume... makes complex ideas eminently accessible.... It is an important contribution that will interest all thoughtful readers.
Nature
Robert Rubin
This book is perhaps best described as a brief guided tour, for the nonspecialist... It's strength is a special combination of accuracy and readability: the author is a highly informed expert.
American Journal of Psychiatry
Philip Morrison
The author is a gifted expositor and a most cultivated man who has given us a serious, exciting, up-to-date and compact introduction to biological psychiatry.
Scientific American
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716750413
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/1992
  • Series: Scientific American Library Series
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Evolution of Biological Psychiatry 1
2 The Genetics of Behavior 21
3 How Genes Work 45
4 Neurons, Circuits, and Neurotransmission 65
5 Drugs and Receptors 91
6 Mania and Depression 117
7 Schizophrenia 143
8 Fears and Compulsions 173
9 Epilogue 199
Recapitulation in Verse 205
Further Reading 209
References and Sources of illustrations 210
Index 212
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