This book explores the underlying biology and neuroscience associated with mental health and wellbeing.

This fully revised fourth edition includes new chapters on behavioural science, and brain-gut and brain-gender connections, as well as expanded content on memory and genetics. Integrating up-to-date pharmacological and genetic research with an understanding of environmental factors that impact on human biology, The Biological Basis of Mental Health covers topics including brain development, neural communication, neurotransmitters and receptors, hormones and behaviour, genetic disorders, pharmacology, substance misuse, anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, epilepsy, subcortical degenerative diseases of the brain, dementia, developmental disorders and sleep.

This unique textbook is an essential read for all healthcare students, practitioners and educators with an interest in mental health and neuroscience.

chapter 1|27 pages

Introduction to the brain

chapter 2|16 pages

Brain development

chapter 3|16 pages

Neural communication

chapter 4|26 pages

Neurotransmitters and receptors

chapter 5|11 pages

The brain–body connections

Gut microbiota, immunity and brain gender

chapter 6|11 pages


chapter 7|21 pages


chapter 8|26 pages

Genetics I

Introduction and autosomes

chapter 9|12 pages

Genetics II

Sex chromosomes and gene disorders

chapter 10|22 pages


chapter 11|25 pages

Illicit substance use disorders

chapter 12|8 pages

Common substance misuse

chapter 13|15 pages


chapter 14|25 pages

Stress, anxiety and fear

chapter 15|22 pages


chapter 16|10 pages

The antipsychotic drugs

chapter 17|24 pages

Affective disorders

chapter 18|13 pages

Antidepressant drugs

chapter 19|20 pages


chapter 21|13 pages

Memory and learning

chapter 22|28 pages

The ageing brain and dementia

chapter 23|19 pages

Communication and developmental disorders

chapter 24|28 pages