Neuroscience for the Mental Health Clinician

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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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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. He was the recipient of a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and currently has an NIMH grant to study attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder using neuroimaging techniques. Dr. Pliszka has a very active clinical practice and teaches neurobiology to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry residents. He is coauthor of ADHD with Comorbid Disorders.

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Chapter 1. Introduction
PART I. BASIC PRINCIPLES OF NEUROSCIENCE
Chapter 2. Draw the Brain: Introduction to Clinical Neuroanatomy
Chapter 3. The Neuron
Chapter 4. Neurotransmitters
Chapter 5. Fear, Reward, and Action
Chapter 6. Memory
Chapter 7. An Overview of Cortical Function

PART II. NEUROSCIENCE OF MENTAL DISORDERS
Chapter 8. Introduction to Clinical Issues
Chapter 9. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Chapter 10. Aggression, Antisocial Behavior, and Substance Abuse
Chapter 11. Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 12. Schizophrenia and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Chapter 13. Cognitive Disorders
Chapter 14. Epilogue
Index

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