The human body is very complex, the brain being the most complicated part.

In order to understand what little is known about how mental illness affects our brains, it’s necessary to become familiar with how the brain, and areas connected to the brain, function.

Body-Chemical Basics is more of a general informational section. It’s a good place to start if new to this field.

Neuroscience and the Nervous System provides information on how the nervous system contributes to our daily lives. After introducing the study of neuroscience, the central nervous system, consisting of the spinal column and brain, is detailed. These two areas are dissected. The somatic, enteric, and autonomic parts of the peripheral nervous system are then broken down and discussed.

The Basics of Brain Cells is a introduction of how the cells in our brain communicate between one another. It breaks down the components of nerve cells (neurons), and describes how each part contributes to the health and use of the cell. Glial cells, also found in the brain, are briefly noted.

Glial Cells: the Other Brain Cell, details functions performed by glial cells, without which we would surely die. Once thought to be “filler”, it’s more clear now more than ever, how important glial cells are to the health of brain, and our body at large.

Types of Neurotransmitters, Types of Receptors deals with specific kinds of neurotransmitters. It lists neurotransmitters in classes. It also links the activity of various neurotransmitters with what effect they produce both physically and in a mental or spiritual sense (how it feels when the given neurotransmitter is active). This section can be thought of as a much more comprehensive version of Body-Chemical Basics, though

How Psychoactive Chemicals Work offers information on how various drugs affect neurotransmission.

The Advanced Neurotransmission section is currently under maintenance. Thank You!