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The Balanced Brain: The Science of Mental Health (Hardback)
  • The Balanced Brain: The Science of Mental Health (Hardback)

The Balanced Brain: The Science of Mental Health (Hardback)

Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 14/09/2023
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‘Fascinating . . . a refreshing counterblast to many popular ideas about wellbeing’ Prospect

‘Excellent . . . anyone reading it will come away with a kinder, better understanding of themselves’ Lucy Foulkes

There are many routes to mental wellbeing and award-winning neuroscientist Camilla Nord is at the forefront of finding them. In this ground-breaking book, she offers a revelatory tour of the scientific and technological developments that are revolutionizing the way we think about mental health, showing why and how events - and treatments - can affect people in such different ways.

In The Balanced Brain, Nord reframes mental health as an intricate, self-regulating process, one which is different for all of us. She examines a huge diversity of treatments, from therapy and medication to recreational drugs and electrical brain stimulation, to show how they work, and why they sometimes don't. In doing so, she reveals how the small things we do to lift our mood during the course of a day - a piece of chocolate, a coffee, chatting to a friend - often work on the same pathways in our brain as the latest pharmacological treatments for mental health disorders. Whether they help us to manage pain, learn from experience or expend energy on the things that are important for our survival, these conscious actions are part of a complex process that is unique to each individual and the constant backdrop to our everyday lives.

Nord shows that, with so many factors at play, there are more possibilities for recovery and resilience than we might think. Whether you're suffering or simply doing your best to stay afloat, this book is an invitation to discover what makes each of us feel better, and why.

'Compelling, revolutionary, compassionate . . . down-to-earth and insightful’ Irish Times

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241545799
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 29 mm

A fascinating read, one that is able to make sense of unexpected connections . . . Nord makes a compelling case for rejecting any clear distinction between mental and physical illness Compelling, revolutionary, compassionate . . . sharp-witted and intelligent . . . both down-to-earth and insightful . . . Nord provides an understanding of the brain which readers can leverage to conduct their own mental-health enhancing experiments Engaging, refreshingly open and fair-minded . . . Explains how our brains come to experience the world as they do, considering pain, pleasure, the mind-body connection and how events shape our outlook Rigorous, engagingly personal . . . provides an exciting snapshot of what we know so far about this vital organ’s importance for maintaining our mental health Compelling…optimistic…her writing is masterfully nuanced in its treatment of depression, without sacrificing the clarity of her argument Simply brilliant. This is science writing at its best. If you want to understand mental health - really understand it - read this book This excellent book is a breath of fresh air . . . anyone reading it will come away with a kinder, better understanding of themselves. A clear-thinking tour of the latest research from a leading mental health scientist and an accessible exploration of how our bodies and minds make us feel the way we do - for better or worse Extremely relevant . . . a highly readable synthesis of the neuroscience underpinning mental health and its treatment Fascinating . . . Camilla Nord, one of our most original thinkers, writes compellingly about the complexities of the brain and mental health. She presents new insights from neuroscience about how the brain generates our mental state, thoughts, moods and feelings, and what happens when things go wrong. This thought-provoking book is an essential resource The Balanced Brain a fascinating tour of the latest research… and an examination of treatments… Nord’s careful argument is that mental health requires a kind of homeostatis in the brain that will be influenced by different factors for everyone. It is a refreshing counterblast to many popular ideas about wellbeing Nord… weaves stories from her personal and professional life skilfully into a scientific analysis of the huge range of treatments available

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