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Psychiatry and clinical neuroscience : a primer / Charles F. Zorumski, Eugene H. Rubin.

  • Zorumski, Charles F.
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Research in neuroscience is revolutionizing how we think about psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. Psychiatric disorders reflect dysfunction of the human mind and involve changes in cognition, emotion, and motivation. Understanding how the neural networks that underlie these mental functions become dysfunctional holds great promise for devising innovative approaches to diagnosis and treatment. Scientific progress is being driven, in part, by advances in human functional neuroimaging, which is being used to characterize the activity of specific brain circuits at rest and during the performance of specific tasks. Moreover, advances in clinical neuroscience are being coupled with expanding knowledge about genetics and cellular and synaptic neuroscience. Taken together, these advancements offer the hope of much more mechanism-based approaches to treatment in the future. Better understanding of neural circuits also can provide the basis for innovative psychotherapeutic strategies that take advantage of brain plasticity for purposes of neurorehabilitation. In this book, we examine recent developments in the field of network neuroscience and their potential impact on clinical psychiatry, including the way that psychiatrists are trained and interact with other medical specialties and mental health professionals.


New York : Oxford University Press, [2011]

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xx, 300 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 25 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Psychopathology -- Depression and dementia : an introduction to systems neuroscience and psychiatry -- Systems neuroscience & psychiatry : basic principles -- Brain networks and the human mind -- Psychiatric disorders and brain networks -- The hippocampus : synapses, circuits, and networks -- Network dysfunction : stress, psychiatric disorders, and the hippocampus -- Genetics, epigenetics, and plasticity -- Conceptualizing causes of psychiatric disorders -- Neurotransmitters and receptors -- Methods of determining diagnosis and cause -- Why do some psychiatric disorders become chronic problems? -- Approaches to treatment -- The future of psychiatry.


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