Description: This book presents the definition, epidemiology, etiology, and treatment of severe psychiatric disturbances, including schizophrenia, major depression with psychosis, mania, borderline features, dissociative hallucinosis, autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, atypical pervasive developmental disorder, and disintegrative disorder in children and adolescents.
Purpose: Considering the historical changes in the description of developmental disorders in childhood and the publication of DSM-IV, the editor's intent is to provide a recent overview for clinicians on the topics of psychosis and developmental disorders in childhood.
Audience: This book would be primarily useful for child psychiatrists, but would also be helpful to child psychologists. The contributors are notable in their specialties of child and adolescent psychiatry.
Features: The book contains numerous tables including comparisons of developmental disorders and DSM-IV criteria. The references provide both historically pertinent and recent citations.
Assessment: This is a concise, well organized, clinically oriented book. Especially illustrative are the case reports presented for each of these severe childhood disorders. This text would be valuable and informative for the practicing child psychiatrist.