To my dad, Fred A. Kraly (February 14, 1923-July 9, 2005)
Let's say you don't know the answer to a question, and it does not seem possible that you could find the complete answer in your lifetime. (Preface)
The behaviors of humans include the wonderful and the dysfunctional. (Introduction)
The causes of any of the various diagnosable psychiatric illnesses are difficult to identify definitively.
Combining the advantages of newer, more selective drugs with (1) nonpharmacological techniques for manipulating the brain and nervous system, (2) psychotherapeutic techniques known to target specific neurochemical processes, and (3) psychosocial therapeutic techniques that target a patient's relationships with family members and peers should creat treatment programs that are more effective for improving the quality of life for people suffering from disprdered brain processes and dysfunctional behaviors.
Readers with little background in neuroscience and physiology may find themselves at a loss trying to navigate between the knowns and the unknowns when it comes to understanding the intricacies of the brain.
Brain Science and Psychological Disorders demystifies the field of neuroscience, offering a brisk, digestible narrative of how malfunctioning neurons and neurochemicals can result in psychological disorders. In doing so, Kraly explains the roles of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy in helping to repair various mental health problems, including depression and mania, anxiety, substance abuse, bulimia and anorexia, ADHD, and schizophrenia.
Also available in paperback as The Unwell Brain: Understanding the Psychobiology of Mental Health. [retrieved 3/12/13 from Amazon.com]