Psychoses and Pervasive Developmental Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence

Psychoses and Pervasive Developmental Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence

by Fred R. Volkmar
     
 

Pervasive developmental disorders are characterized by a broad-based loss or impairment of functions that would be expected for a child’s age. Psychoses and Pervasive Developmental Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence explores developmental disorders and also the conditions, plus those traditionally considered childhood psychoses. Eighteen experts

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Overview

Pervasive developmental disorders are characterized by a broad-based loss or impairment of functions that would be expected for a child’s age. Psychoses and Pervasive Developmental Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence explores developmental disorders and also the conditions, plus those traditionally considered childhood psychoses. Eighteen experts in the field of child psychiatry present concise yet detailed summaries of these until now sparsely covered mental illness topics.

The book discusses recent changes in the diagnosis and definition of these disorders, advances in knowledge, and treatment. It also addresses theoretical issues regarding the notion of childhood psychosis and the mistaken idea that children are somehow protected from depression and other forms of affective illness.

Major changes in DSM-IV categories and criteria, especially for autism and other pervasive developmental disorders, make this book a useful tool in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood and adolescent mental disorders. An increased interest in this subject, plus significant changes from DSM-III-R to DSM-IV, suggested the potential usefulness of a volume designed specifically for clinicians caring for children with these disorders. An American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training institute on these issues provided the foundation for this book.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Lori R. Solaro, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
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.
3 Stars from Doody
Lori R. Solaro
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. 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. 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. The book contains numerous tables including comparisons of developmental disorders and DSM-IV criteria. The references provide both historically pertinent and recent citations. 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.
Booknews
An overview of the conditions traditionally considered the "childhood psychoses" exploring developmental disorders characterized by a loss or impairment of functions expected for a child or adolescent's age. Eighteen contributors from the field of child psychiatry discuss the most recent changes in diagnosis and treatment for childhood schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, autism, Rett's and Asperger's disorders, and relevant psychotic components. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781882103010
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.05(d)

Meet the Author

Fred R. Volkmar, M.D., is Harris Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at Yale University’s Child Study Center. Dr. Volkmar is the author of more than 100 articles and chapters and is board certified in general psychiatry, and in child and adolescent psychiatry. He is a member of various editorial boards and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and of the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology.

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