Neuroscience for the Mental Health Clinician

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Guilford Press, Sep 1, 2004 - Psychology - 280 pages
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As scientific knowledge grows about the role of the brain in mental disorder, no clinician can afford to be uninformed about neurobiology. This accessible primer provides the basic grounding in neuroscience that all contemporary mental health professionals need. Readers are first guided through the fundamentals of neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, and psychiatric genetics. Chapters then illuminate the neurobiological underpinnings of a range of frequently encountered disorders--including ADHD, substance abuse, mood and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and learning and cognitive problems--giving particular attention to the impact of psychosocial risk factors on the brain. Also examined are ways that both pharmacological and psychological interventions have been shown to alter brain chemistry as they bring about a reduction in symptoms.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
BASIC PRINCIPLES OF NEUROSCIENCE
13
Introduction to Clinical Neuroanatomy
15
The Neuron
32
Neurotransmitters
51
Fear Reward and Action
78
Memory
90
An Overview of Cortical Function
107
Introduction to Clinical Issues
129
AttentionDeficitHyperactivity Disorder
143
Aggression Antisocial Behavior and Substance Abuse
165
Mood and Anxiety Disorders
200
Schizophrenia and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
225
Cognitive Disorders
249
Epilogue
261
Index
271

NEUROSCIENCE OF MENTAL DISORDERS
127

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Steven R. Pliszka, MD, is Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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