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Neuroscience for the Mental Health Clinician, First Edition 1st Edition

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"Neuroscience for the Mental Health Clinician is a unique book. In it, Pliszka expertly explains complex concepts from laboratory-based neurosciences in a cogent and readily accessible fashion. What is particularly noteworthy about this work is its adroit descriptions of ideas that are often difficult to grasp. Although it covers a wide array of topics from the basic neurosciences, the book never loses its clinical focus. Deftly bridging the gap between clinical and laboratory science, this book should be a welcome read for experienced and novice clinicians alike."--Robert L. Findling, MD, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University Hospitals of Cleveland

"This volume will be invaluable to clinicians who work with patients with a range of different psychiatric disorders. Readers will benefit from the clear organization of the text and Pliszka's ability to explain very complex neurochemical issues to the non-MD practitioner. This much-needed book will be well used over time as both a reference and teaching tool. This book will work well as a text in graduate-level psychopathology courses."--Margaret Semrud-Clikeman, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

"I have read and struggled with a number of books on brain functions and mental health. This is the first such in-depth book I've read that is user-friendly to mental health professionals who do not have formal medical training. It includes what is often missing in other technical publications--interesting, attention-getting descriptions of the relationships of brain functions to real-life experiences. The reader gets a coherent, progressively unified picture rather than being left with a multitude of details. Dr. Pliszka makes it easy to understand the neurological underpinnings of anxiety, ADHD, and depression, and the epilogue offers one of the best summaries of the state-of-the-art in mental disorders I have read. The book also ties current scientific knowledge to other theoretical interpretations of human behavior, such as Freud's structural theory. Written in a straightforward, conversational style, this book has given me a deeper appreciation of how truly marvelous the brain is. It is ideal for graduate-level psychology courses as well as for medical school education and psychiatric residencies."--Michael J. Manos, PhD, Director, ADHD Center, Children's Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic


"...this is an excellent book....the author ties his presentation of neurobiology and of genetics directly to topics of enormous clinical interesttopics such as memory, fear, pleasure, and aggression. And more than that, he explains the neurobiological bases of both the symptomatic presentation and the successful treatment of disorders ranging from depression and mania through personality disorders."
(Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 2004-10-01)

"Strengths of the book include Dr. Pliszka's extensive use of the literature in a laudable synthesis of research, presenting each topic concisely and clearly. He does not short-change any area he addresses and has highlighted the role of important scientists with summaries of key findings where relevant....Dr. Pliszka has made an important contribution in helping mental health clinicians to orient themselves to the imperatives of neuroscience and the possibilities for future advancement."
(Community Mental Health Journal 2004-10-01)

"An excellent introductory guide to neuroscience and its relationship to mental illness. The author has done a commendable job."
(Psychological Medicine 2004-10-01)

"This book is well written and crafted in an engaging style that captures the reader's attention....Highly recommended for all mental health professionals. It is also a great introductory text for teaching in psychiatric residency programs, particularly for residents who are interested in the study of genetics and mental illness."
(Archives of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy 2004-10-01)

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (September 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593850786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593850784
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neuroscience for the Mental Health Clinician is a concise and creative introduction to clinical neuroscience. I was first introduced to this book as a supplemental text for my clinical neuroscience class. The book is divided into two sections: (1) basic principles of neuroscience (50% of book) and (2) neuroscience of mental disorders (50% of book). This book targets practicing mental health professionals including nurse practitioners and psychiatrists. Majority of the book is text, with a few black and white images. There are two pages of colored images in the center of the book. What I found most unique about this book is that starting in the first chapter, the author encourages readers to draw the brain structures as they read. The author provides a simple and easily reproducible sketch of the basic structures of the brain. As I read the book, I was able to use these doodles to teach myself simple relationships between structures and function, and I haven't forgotten them since! This book also clearly and succinctly elucidates neurotransmitter pathways, which were somewhat more convoluted in other clinical neuroscience books I have read. The biggest downside to this book is the lack of full color images. I wouldn't recommend this as a standalone clinical neuroscience textbook; however, as a supplemental text this book definitely provides an adequate overview of the neurobiology of individual disorders: depression, mania, anxiety, personality disorders, and ADHD.
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The level of chemistry and physiology knowledge that is assumed was a bit high for me and most of the book ended up being gibberish as a result. There were some concepts that I was able to find better descriptions of in other textbooks, articles, or websites, though even when I was able to find explanations elsewhere that helped me understand certain concepts - the illustrations in this book were rarely helpful (before or after I understood the related concepts). There were several chapters that were much less heavy on the advanced chemistry/genetics/physio information, though they were not the norm. I'd recommend this book for psychiatry students or students who have more background in advanced chemistry and physiology and may be more interested in medicine than for those who are more interested in behavioral neuroscience.
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I cannot recommend this text highly enough. It was easy to see that

the author had put a lot of work into this project. His writing was excellent and this

was good, because the subject matter demanded focus, attention, concentration and rereading.

This is a good place to begin, and return to again, when the one wants to get a foothold in the neurobiology of the mind.
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"A truly valuable contribution to the neuroscience and mental health research literature. It is a formidable task to cogently explain underlying mechanisms of brain function and the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders; however Dr. Pliszka's book delivers in being both replete with citations while being written in a very engaging style. His articulate explanation of the role of catecholamines in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is just one of many noteworthy examples. This book should be a required psychopathology text for all mental health clinicians-in-training."--David R. DeLorenzo, PhD, Private Practice
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Excellent descriptions of behavioral neuroscience and the way various anti-psychotics effect different receptors and neurotransmitter systems in different proportions. Clear and concise writing.

My only complaint: better anatomical illustrations would have helped. I had to refer back to my anatomy & physiology text to really picture what was going on.
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