The neurobiological underpinnings of the mental health renaissance

Rossouw, Pieter (2011). The neurobiological underpinnings of the mental health renaissance. In: Cath Chapman, Kevin Kellehear, Michelle Everett, Adam Lane, Sadie Robertson, Janet Peters, Margaret Goding, John Farhall, Tom Trauer and Maria Cassaniti, Proceedings of 20th TheMHS Conference 2010. 20th Annual Conference of the Mental Health Services Conference, Sydney, Australia, (184-189). 14-17 September 2010.

Author Rossouw, Pieter
Title of paper The neurobiological underpinnings of the mental health renaissance
Conference name 20th Annual Conference of the Mental Health Services Conference
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 14-17 September 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of 20th TheMHS Conference 2010
Place of Publication Balmain, NSW, Australia
Publisher The Mental Health Services Conference Inc. of Australia and New Zealand
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780975765364
Editor Cath Chapman
Kevin Kellehear
Michelle Everett
Adam Lane
Sadie Robertson
Janet Peters
Margaret Goding
John Farhall
Tom Trauer
Maria Cassaniti
Start page 184
End page 189
Total pages 6
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Major advances in neurobiological research during the last decade have changed the traditional landscape of mental health.

A paradigm shift has emerged since the days when “talking therapies” were seen as an auxiliary service to the “pax medica” model. Recent breakthroughs in neural imaging indicate that the effect of mental health services and more specifically “talking therapies” not only assist in changing the behaviour of the mentally unwell but also change neural activity and even change neural structure especially in the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, anterior cingulate gyrus and amygdala. These breakthroughs provide critical scientific building blocks for the mental health revolution.

This paper explores a number of the neurobiological breakthroughs in the treatment of mental health disorders. The implications of neuroplasticity and neurogenesis for mental health are explored. Recent findings regarding changing neural blood flow by means of talking therapies and the implications for treatment are briefly addressed.

The need for an interest group to further assist mental health workers to integrate neurobiological data by means of talking therapies in such a way as to maximize outcomes for more clients in a more cost effective way will be put forward.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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