Drug Therapy and Childhood and Adolescent Disorders

Drug Therapy and Childhood and Adolescent Disorders

by Shirley Brinkerhoff
     
 

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Mental disorders can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. But specific mental disorders may be more likely to affect certain groups of people than other groups. For example, some mental disorders, like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, are more common in children and adolescents than in adults.

Dealing with the issues that surround mental disorders

Overview

Mental disorders can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. But specific mental disorders may be more likely to affect certain groups of people than other groups. For example, some mental disorders, like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, are more common in children and adolescents than in adults.

Dealing with the issues that surround mental disorders can be difficult for anyone. However, young people who must balance a mental disorder with other stresses, like schoolwork, extra-curricular activities, social pressures, and physical changes, may face additional challenges coping with mental disorders. With promising discoveries and developments in psychiatric drug treatments, doctors now have more ways than ever to help patients with childhood and adolescent disorders.

In this book, you will read about: Tracy, who refused to hug or kiss her parents or even look them in the eye. Kelly, a child with mental retardation who needed schooling but couldn't stay in her classroom because she banged her head against the walls. Tony, whose undiagnosed and untreated ADHD led him into drug and alcohol abuse. Carissa, who was sent home from summer camp because of her tics and echolalia. Learn how parents, doctors and psychiatrists were able to help each of these young people cope with their disorders and achieve their individual potential.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Four very interesting children and their stories are highlighted in this book. Troy was embarrassed and frustrated because of the throat noises he could not help making. Tracy preferred to be alone and did not want anyone to hug or kiss her. Danny was a hyper child who could not sit still very long. Kelly had tendencies for self-destructive behavior and was hard to control in a classroom. Tic disorders, autism, attention deficit, various other behavioral disorders, and mental retardation are discussed in this instructional book. Some disorders such as mental retardation and autism are evident at birth or early childhood and have no cure. However, there are some treatments to help children with these disorders. Other behavioral problems such as tic disorders and attention deficit disorder become more noticeable when the child is of school age; they can be controlled with medication or behavioral therapy. The author describes the disorders and their symptoms. This instructional book is written in easy-to-understand language and would be an informative introduction for someone wanting to know more about these particular disorders. It is part of the series, "Psychiatric Disorders: Drug and Psychology for the Mind and Body." 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 12 up.
—Cathi I. White
VOYA
This informative series covers common child and adolescent psychiatric disorders and the drugs that treat them. Drug Therapy and Eating Disorders creatively educates its readers by intertwining the medical facts around a fictitious e-mail correspondence between Lindsay, a high school student plagued with anorexia, and Gina, a college student in recovery from bulimia and working at an eating disorder treatment center. Lindsay writes to Gina to ask questions, express her emotions, and reveal the devastating physical changes that her body is going through. Gina's responses are intermixed with factual data that the author has gleaned from medical references such as the DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 4th Ed.). The book contains six short chapters that cover a history of the disorder, a history of drugs, how drugs work, treatments, risks and side effects of drugs, and alternative and supplementary treatments. Drug Therapy and Childhood and Adolescent Disorders follows a similar format. Instead of using an e-mail correspondence, however, this book uses life stories about children and parents dealing with anomalies such as tic disorders (Tourette's), autism, attention-deficit and disruptive behavior, and mental retardation. Both books contain the same introduction, forward, similar chapters, and some of the same text. These series titles are highly informative, with in-depth explanations about each disorder, brain functions, drug research, and treatments. There are glossaries throughout each book to help define medical terms. The human touch that the stories add to these information-laden books make this series one that teens could read and possibly relate to. Theinformation is rather advanced with plenty of detail about brain chemistry and the different classes of drugs such as MAOI's (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors). The books will be helpful for school assignments and for teens who are afflicted with these particular disorders and are recommended purchases for libraries serving grades seven and up. (Psychiatric Disorders: Drugs and Psychology for the Mind and Body). VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Mason Crest, 128p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Further Reading., PLB. Ages 12 to 18.
—Sarah Cofer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422203866
Publisher:
Mason Crest
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
Psychiatric Disorders: Drugs and Psychology for the Mind and Body Series
Pages:
125
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.26(d)
Lexile:
1210L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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