The Unwell Brain: Understanding the Psychobiology of Mental Health

The Unwell Brain: Understanding the Psychobiology of Mental Health

by F. Scott Kraly
     
 

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ISBN-10: 039370596X

ISBN-13: 9780393705966

Pub. Date: 03/30/2009

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Uncovering the link between our brains and our behavior.
“What is going on in the brain of a person suffering a debilitating psychological disorder?” So begins Scott Kraly’s explanation of how brain chemistry affects behavior. While we continue to learn about the complexities of neurobiology, and our “quick fix” drug therapy

Overview

Uncovering the link between our brains and our behavior.
“What is going on in the brain of a person suffering a debilitating psychological disorder?” So begins Scott Kraly’s explanation of how brain chemistry affects behavior. While we continue to learn about the complexities of neurobiology, and our “quick fix” drug therapy mentality continues to gain popularity, the brain remains a largely uncharted frontier, where questions outnumber answers. But Kraly effectively demystifies the field of neuroscience, offering a brisk, digestible narrative of how malfunctioning neurons and neurochemicals can result in psychological disorders, and, in turn, how pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy can help repair various mental health disorders.
Also available in hardcover as Brain Science and Psychological Disorders: New Perspectives on Psychotherapeutic Treatment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393705966
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/30/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,003,931
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Part I Treatment of Behavioral and Brain Disorders 5

1 How Do Disorders Develop? 7

2 What Treatments Are Likely to Be Effective? 11

3 Integration of Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy 17

4 Brain Theories of Behavioral Disorders 23

Annotated Bibliography for Part I 26

Part II Fundamental Principles of the Brain and Behavior 29

5 Organizational Aspects of the Brain Relevant to Psychology and Behavior 31

6 Neuronal Processes Relevant to Psychology and Behavior 49

7 Discovering the Relation between Brain and Behavior 65

8 Principles of Pharmacology Relevant to Pharmacotherapy 75

Annotated Bibliography for Part II 84

Part III Dysfunctional Behaviors and Brain Processes 87

9 Depression and Mania 89

10 Anxiety Disorders 107

11 Substance Use Disorders 119

12 Overeating 135

13 Bulimia and Anorexia 147

14 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 157

15 Schizophrenia 163

Annotated Bibliography for Part III 170

Part IV Concluding Perspective 173

16 Probing a Frontier 175

References 185

Index 195

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