Thyroid Diseases of Infancy and Childhood: Effects on Behavior and Intellectual Development / Edition 1

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Psychiatric research has long focused on the study of neuroendocrinology in an effort to consolidate our understanding of the human brain and behavior. It has been established that abnormalities of certain hormones, in particular thyroid hormone, can contribute to our understanding of the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms of psychiatric disorders. However, with the exception of untreated congenital hypothyroidism, little research has been dedicated to the role of thyroid hormones on the etiology of childhood psychiatric disorders. Thyroid Diseases of Infancy and Childhood: Effects on Behavior and Intellectual Development effectively summarizes the current data on this subject.

Authored by highly experienced clinicians, the book presents this state-of-the-art information in two parts. The first section lays the foundation for understanding through an overview of thyroid hormone physiology and function. The second section reviews neurodevelopmental and behavioral consequences of thyroid diseases in infancy and childhood, with an emphasis on two congenital thyroid diseases -- congenital hypothyroidism and resistance to thyroid hormone -- as well as acquired thyroid diseases of childhood. The book's final chapter examines the role of environmental toxicants on the health and behavior of children.

By examining the consequences of thyroid diseases, clinicians can gain greater insight into various psychiatric disorders of childhood, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities.

This book serves as a comprehensive report on the behavioral and developmental effects of thyroid diseases in children and infants.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Editorial Reviews

Eight contributions by clinicians specialized in endocrinology and psychiatry summarize current data on the role of hormones in the etiology of childhood psychiatric disorders. They consolidate research studies of behavioral consequences associated with congenital and acquired thyroid diseases and also introduce more recent studies relating to the effects of environmental exposure to synthetic chemicals. This book does not include analysis of the thyroid state of children with psychiatric disorders; rather, it focuses on the consequences of thyroid disease and insights regarding underlying pathophysiological mechanisms of psychiatric disorders. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880487672
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Progress in Psychiatry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hauser, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine (Endocrinology) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is also Chief of Psychiatry, Psychiatry Service, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Joanne Rovet, Ph.D., is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at the University of Toronto. She is also a Senior Scientist in the Brain and Behavior Program at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Thyroid Hormone Physiology and Function. Overview of thyroid disease in pregnancy and childhood. Thyroid hormone and development: brain and peripheral tissues. Part II: Clinical Studies of Thyroid Diseases in Infancy and Childhood. Overview of newborn screening for congenital hypothyroidism. Behavioral and cognitive abnormalities associated with congenital hypothyroidism. Resistance to thyroid hormone: implications for child psychiatric research. Behavioral and cognitive abnormalities associated with juvenile acquired hypothyroidism. Behavioral and cognitive abnormalities associated with pediatric thyrotoxicosis. Neurodevelopmental changes associated with thyroid-disrupting contaminants. Conclusions. Index.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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