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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.
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
Posted October 29, 2009
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