Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry / Edition 4

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Since the 2003 release of the third edition of Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, research on mental illness in children and the practical applications of this research have been evolving at a rapid pace. With these changes have come enhanced methods of assessment and treatment.

Topics covered in this text include: • The use of DSM-IV-TR for diagnosing psychiatric disorders in children and ways in which adult criteria can be adapted for use in young patients.• An outline of the Axis I conditions especially relevant to children and adolescents that may be a focus of clinical attention.• A review of how childhood psychological disorders often occur in combinations and require broad-spectrum rating scales to supplement the diagnostic process and help avoid overly narrow focus on the presenting problem.• New trends in treatment that include a consideration of biological factors, multimodal treatment approaches, multidisciplinary teams, and use of evidence-based interventions.• Ways to help both the patient and the parent or caregiver through the treatment process for better outcomes.• Identification of the strengths and vulnerabilities that are critical to treatment plans, such as the family's financial resources and the child's social environment, which includes school, neighborhood, and social support networks, all of which influence the choice of treatment strategy.

Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry provides professionals in psychiatric settings, pediatric offices and hospitals, schools, and juvenile justice settings with an efficient and easily portable reference to pediatric mental health topics of concern to practicing clinicians and students alike. Designed to fit into a lab coat or jacket pocket, this manual offers the information that most experts agree is relevant to helping children and adolescents overcome mental disorders.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Karen Hadley, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This condensed pocket version of Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2010) provides straightforward information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and overall management of childhood and adolescent mental illness. It is more than just a practical book, also providing information on etiology, prevalence, and other considerations helpful to clinicians managing children with mental illness.
Purpose: The purpose is to give clinicians management guidelines and considerations for treating children and adolescents with mental illness. However, the preface simply states that the book is written to update the previous edition. This would be one of my few criticisms of the book. The preface does not really give a statement about what the book is, for whom it would be useful, and for what purpose.
Audience: The book is recommended for child and adolescent psychiatrists, medical students, pediatricians, family practitioners, and nurse practitioners, among others. It is a little too specific for the average medical student who is doing a brief rotation in child psychiatry, but it will be most helpful for residents and fellows in training. However, it is a great resource and hands-on guide for all the other recommended readers.
Features: The benefits of this concise version are its portability and its ease of use. It covers the majority of childhood disorders that child psychiatrists would expect to see and treat on a daily basis and it is fairly thorough in its approach. However, I would recommend several additions. First, the book could use a brief mini-mental status exam applicable for younger age groups. Although Folstein is generally ingrained by the time practitioners are in their senior years of training, including this exam would be helpful for other mental health professionals. Second, while development is discussed on some level, it would be helpful to include a chart that shows appropriate ages of developmental milestones. This would be useful in an emergency or consult situation and, because the book is so portable, practitioners could have this information with them at all times. The medication charts with dosing ranges are helpful.
Assessment: It is difficult to compare this book to others in the field, as specific child psychiatry handbooks are few and far between. However, this is a very useful little book. I recently went on an away rotation and this was the only book I took with me, and it was the only one I ended up using. Although the hospital provided me four larger books geared toward specific disorders, to be honest, I didn't really need to have anything else. It is obviously nowhere near as comprehensive as the Dulcan textbook, but I would highly recommend this as a pocket guide.
Doodys Health Sciences Book Review Journal
It is a valuable resource for those just beginning to treat child psychiatry patients.
Tina M. Mattera
This is the second edition of a book that introduces mental healthcare for this age group to the professional with some knowledge of adult psychiatry. The first edition was published in 1990. This book is to be used in conjunction with clinical supervision to guide the novice student or resident in child and adolescent psychiatry in their work with these patients. This comprehensive text covers the spectrum of child psychiatric disorders and their treatment, including areas of new research and controversy. It is a valuable resource for those just beginning to treat child psychiatry patients. Both authors are credible authorities in their field and they have published before. In addition to covering all of the DSM IV diagnoses and their medical and psychosocial treatments, this book also provides helpful sections such as references for parents and an extensive index of tables. This index includes information about family developmental tasks, mental status exam, examples of standardized diagnostic assessment interviews, Iowa Conners Teacher Rating Scale, medical contributions to ADHD, etc. In the eight years since the first edition was written, there has been much research done in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry. This book is written based on the most current literature available and as there is tremendous investigation that continues in the field, so this second edition is necessary.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585624164
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 405
  • Sales rank: 450,812
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mina K. Dulcan, M.D., is Margaret C. Osterman Professor of Child Psychiatry, Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children's Memorial Hospital, Director of the Warren Wright Adolescent Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

MaryBeth Lake, M.D., is Director of Education in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children's Memorial Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Concise Guides series. Preface to the fourth edition. Introduction. Evaluation and treatment planning. Axis I disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence: attention-deficit and disruptive behavior disorders. Other Axis I disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence. "Adult" disorders that may begin in childhood or adolescence. Developmental disorders. Special clinical circumstances. Psychopharmacology. Psychosocial treatments. Appendix: resources for parents. Index.

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