The Unwell Brain: Understanding the Psychobiology of Mental Health (Paperback)

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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

About the Author

F. Scott Kraly, PhD, is Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Colgate University. He earned his doctorate at The Johns Hopkins University, was research fellow in Psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College, and now teaches psychopharmacology and behavioral neuroscience, having served as Chairperson of Psychology, Coordinator of Neuroscience, and Director of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Colgate. He is the author of Brain Science and Psychological Disorders (Norton, 2006), and has published articles in Nature, Psychological Review, Alcohol, Appetite, Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, American Journal of Physiology, and elsewhere.

Praise For…

[V]ery well written, very well researched and gives a nicely balanced account of the pros and cons of treating mental illness with the modalities of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.
— Metapsychology Online Reviews

Kraly succeeds in demystifying the field of neuroscience….making it equally accessible to both professionals and general-interest audiences eager to learn fundamental principles of brain organization.
— USABP Journal

[A]n engagingly written explanation about what contemporary neuroscience has to say about how the brain shapes behavior, and the practical implications for treatment of several behavior disorders.
— Cleveland Psychological Association Announcer

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393705966
ISBN-10: 039370596X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: March 30th, 2009
Pages: 224
Language: English