‘Exploring the pain pleasure continuum’
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A vitally important journey of discovery
Through analysing the brain, Professor Mark Gillman takes us on a vitally important journey of discovery. In this fascinatingly detailed, ground-breaking book, he reveals how the brain functions and how it controls pleasures with evidence that points to the existence of a ‘pain pleasure continuum’. When properly understood, this phenomenon provides important clues in tackling many of the issues facing our society in the 21st Century.
Discover how the human brain motivates us to seek pleasure and avoid pain
Based on the latest key findings from modern neuroscience professional and lay people alike will discover how the human brain motivates us to seek pleasure and avoid pain. It describes in simple language how the human brain translates pleasures arising from eating, drinking, love-making and music.
Recent scientific research explains some of the underlying normal neural processes producing the subjective feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. These observations contribute to our understanding of addiction, eating disorders and sexual dysfunction and related psychiatric conditions.
Invaluable information within the context of a positive, upbeat message
Everyone uses their brain in the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of pain. There is hardly a family anywhere not touched by addictions to alcohol or nicotine. These addictions represent one of the most serious health and social problems of the 21st Century, causing more death and disability than AIDS. Consequently, this book provides invaluable information within the context of a positive, upbeat message about how the human brain functions in normal and abnormal states related to pleasure-seeking including addiction.
The increase in depressive disorders alone illustrates the challenge of preventing what is presently the fourth leading cause of the global disease burden from becoming our second most serious health threat by 2020, ranking behind only ischaemic heart disease. Comedian and journalist Ruby Wax and many other celebrities have written best-selling books on their battles with depression. Professor Gillman explains the science behind such popular anecdotal case studies.
This book covers the many positive opportunities to prevent and treat most mental and behavioural disorders and so transform the lives of millions of sufferers and the millions more forced to adapt their lives because of such mental issues as addictions and psychological disturbances among their family members and friends. Over 80% of people with schizophrenia can be free of relapses at the end of just one year of treatment with antipsychotic drugs combined with family support, according to the WHO. Up to 60% of people with depression can recover with a proper combination of antidepressant drugs and psychotherapy. As much as 70% of people with epilepsy respond to simple, inexpensive anticonvulsants.
Professor Mark Gillman makes the scientific basis for this book highly credible. While head of the South African Brain Research Institute (SABRI), he authored or co-authored over 300 scientific publications including books on subjects directly related to pain, pleasure and disturbances in these states as well as a book on the emotion of envy. Publishing credits include leading medical and scientific journals, including the Lancet, British Medical Journal and Nature. Professor Gillman’s expertise ensures that this major title is both scientifically credible and highly readable by general as well as medical professional audiences.
Professor Gillman is an acknowledged world authority on the use of nitrous oxide gas therapy in human subjects, both as a probe of brain function and the treatment of substance abuse. The work has been evaluated and funded by several blue chip corporations. In October 2016, Professor Gillman was the guest of the Chinese Government where they are using nitrous oxide in 3 heroin treatment centres, based on his work.