Treating Adolescents / Edition 1

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When children enter adolescence they experience rapid and complex changes in their biology, psychology, and social standing. Seemingly overnight, teenagers can manifest dramatic new syndromes as old ones persist in ever-evolving shapes and forms. Understandably, clinical treatment of this age group is a dynamic and challenging adventure. Treating Adolescents presents a concise up-to-date summary of adolescent development and step-by-step guidance for the effective clinical treatment of specific issues—such as anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, somatization, conduct disorders, and psychosis. Written by experts in the treatment of adolescents, each of the contributors offers a blend of cutting-edge knowledge and clinical techniques in the area of their particular sub-specialty. The volume is a jargon-free resource for front-line clinicians including psychologists, social workers, teachers, counselors, and pediatricians. Treating Adolescence offers a wealth of examples and specific suggestions to improve treatment skills, including information on:

  • Creating a team-based approach that includes parents, teachers, social workers, pediatricians, and the mental health team.
  • Dealing effectively with issues such as identity, suicide, and risk taking.
  • Accessing when it is appropriate to adopt a parental role and how to quickly step-back into the role of professional.
  • Recognizing the specific syndromes as they occur in the course of adolescent development.
  • Responding to alcohol and drug addiction in this vulnerable population group.
  • Structuring a treatment plan that is appropriate to adolescence.

Covers disruptive behavioral disorders/substance use, abuse/ depression/anxiety disorders/chronic illness, somatization.

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"Treating Adolescents presents a concise, up-to-date summary of adolescent development and step-by-step guidance for the effective clinical treatment of specific disorders." (Adolescence)

"Treating Adolescents offers the reader a concise biopsychosocial biopsy of adolescence and a clear, comprehensive textbook description of the important issues in the treatment of the major psychopathologies occurring during this most perplexing development stage of human life." (Lawrence Stone, M.D., president, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

"It is an ambitious undertaking to distill the knowledge base, summarize the clinical wisdom, and provide vivid case illustrations for the full range of psychopathology presenting in adolescence. This first rate book succeeds on all counts while conveying the challenge and excitement of working with teenagers who have psychiatric problems." (Gregory K. Fritz, M.D., professor of psychiatry and director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Brown University School of Medicine)

Contains nine contributions from psychologists and psychiatrists on: general principles and special problems, disruptive behavioral disorders, substance use and abuse, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, chronic illness and somatization, schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, and psychiatric trauma and related psychopathologies. Emphasis is on techniques for the "front-line" practitioner. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

HANS STEINER is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the Division of Child Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. IRVIN D. YALOM is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the author of several basic textbooks, including the Classic Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, as well as the best-selling trade book Love's Executioner and the award-winning novel When Nietzsche Wept.

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Table of Contents


1. General Principles and Special Problems( Hans Steiner, S. Shirley Feldman).

2. Disruptive Behavioral Disorders(James Lock).

3. Substance Use and Abuse( Rebecca A. Powers, Robert Matano).

4. Depression(James Lock).

5. Anxiety Disorders(Chris Hayward, Julie A. Collier).

6. Eating Disorders(Mary J. Sanders).

7. Chronic Illness and Somatization(Julie A. Collier).

8. Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders( Margo Thienenmann, Richard J. Shaw).

9. Psychiatric Trauma and Related Psychopathologies(Hans Steiner, Zakee Matthews).

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