Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders: What We Know and What We Don't Know / Edition 1

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Following on the heels of the widely acclaimed A Guide to Treatments That Work (OUP, 2002) by Nathan and Gorman, Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders brings together a distinguished group of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists to provide a groundbreaking, evidence-based survey of treatments and preventions for adolescents with mental health disorders.

The book, the very first to disseminate the findings of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, addresses the current state of our knowledge about various mental health disorders in the teenage years, a developmental period when behavior and the brain are still "plastic." Here, six commissions established by the Sunnylands Trust and APPC pool their expertise on adolescent anxiety, schizophrenia, substance use disorders, depression and bipolar disorders, eating disorders, and suicide in sections that thoroughly define each disorder, outline and assess available treatments, discuss prevention strategies, and suggest a research agenda based on what we know and don't yet know about these various conditions.

As a meaningful counterpoint to its primary focus on mental illness, the volume also incorporates the latest research from a seventh commission-on positive youth development—which addresses how we can fully prepare young people to be happy and successful throughout their lives. Concluding chapters discuss other critical issues of particular relevance: the stigma of mental illness, the role of primary-care doctors and school-based mental health professionals in the detection and treatment of adolescent mental health problems, and the research, policy, and practice context for the delivery of evidence-based treatments. Integrating the work of eminent scholars in both psychology and psychiatry, this work will be an essential volume for academics and practicing clinicians and will serve as a wake-up call to mental health professionals and policy makers alike about the state of our nation's response to the needs of adolescents with mental disorders.

The Association of American Publishers' 2005 Award Winner for Excellence in Professional and Scholarly Publishing—Clinical Medicine

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an extremely useful tool for all mental health professionals."—Doody's

"...the contributors have skillfully summarized and synthesized a vast amount of information, provided an evenhanded evaluation of existing research, and made sound suggestions for future research."—PsycCRITIQUES

"...provides an excellent evidence-based review of each of the topics and manages to weave in clinically important findings that help to keep the information both practical and tangible to the clinician. The review of the data on how to define each disorder, how to treat it, and how to prevent it make the book one that must be read by anyone involved in the routine care of adolescents. It is a clear and well-written book that should provide an evidence-based approach to the thoughtful care of adolescents, and it should be a ready reference on the shelf of any physician caring for adolescents."—New England Journal of Medicine

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Portia S Martin, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The book describes the treatment, prevention, and research agendas for mental health disorders in adolescents.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive book on treatment and prevention of adolescent mental health and the strengths (positive youth development) of the adolescent age group. The book also outlines recommendations for future research to further knowledge in the area of adolescent mental health. The comprehensive evaluation of both psychopathology and positive development in the adolescent years is an important guide for all mental health professionals treating adolescents and young adults. This book thoroughly addresses the objectives outlined by the author.
Audience: This is an appropriate book for mental health professionals in both academic and clinical settings. The authors provide the collective findings of the commissioned work sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
Features: The book provides a biopsychosocial comprehensive evaluation of psychopathology in adolescents including DSM-IV diagnostic criteria, epidemiology, comorbidity, risk factors, psychosocial influences, genetic vulnerability, treatment options, prevention programs, and research recommendations. One unique feature is the way the references are separated by subject, providing readers a focused list of the literature reviewed by the authors.
Assessment: This is an extremely useful tool for all mental health professionals. It is an interesting book that not only describes in detail psychopathology, but also provides information on the prevention programs and the strengths that adolescents possess, looking forward to future research to help adolescents reach their potential.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195173642
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Series: Adolescent Mental Health Initiative Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 944,080
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

New York Medical College

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

Columbia University

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Table of Contents

Introduction Dwight L. Evans and Martin E.P. Seligman
Part I. Depression and Bipolar Disorders
Commission on Adolescent Depression and Bipolar Disorders
1. Defining Depression and Bipolar Disorders
2. Treatment of Depression and Bipolar Disorders
3. Prevention of Depression and Bipolar Disorders
4. Research Agenda for Depression and Bipolar Disorders
Part II. Schizophrenia
Commission on Adolescent Schizophrenia
5. Defining Schizophrenia
6. Treatment of Schizophrenia
7. Prevention of Schizophrenia
8. Research Agenda for Schizophrenia
Part III. Anxiety Disorders
Commission on Adolescent Anxiety Disorders
9. Defining Anxiety Disorders
10. Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
11. Prevention of Anxiety Disorders
12. Research Agenda for Anxiety Disorders
Part IV. Eating Disorders
Commission on Adolescent Eating Disorders
13. Defining Eating Disorders
14. Treatment of Eating Disorders
15. Prevention of Eating Disorders
16. Research Agenda for Eating Disorders
Part V. Substance Use Disorders
Commission on Adolescent Substance and Alcohol Abuse
17. Defining Substance Use Disorders
18. Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
19. Prevention of Substance Use Disorders
20. Research Agenda for Substance Use Disorders
Part VI. Youth Suicide
Commission on Adolescent Suicide Prevention
21. Defining Youth Suicide
22. Universal Approaches to Youth Suicide Prevention
23. Targeted Youth Suicide Prevention Programs
24. Preventive Interventions and treatments for Suicidal Youth
25. Research Agenda for Youth Suicide
Part VII. Beyond Disorder
Commission on Positive Youth Development
26. The Positive Perspective on Youth Development
Part VIII. Summary of Conclusions, Recommendations, Priorities
27. Stigma
David L. Penn, Abigail Judge, Patrick Jamieson, Joyce Garczynski, Michael Hennesy, and Daniel Romer
28. The Research, Policy, and Practice Context for Delivery of Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatments for Adolescents: A Systems Perspective, Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood
29. Challenges in the Treatment of Adolescent Substance Use Disorders: A Systems Perspective, Kathleen Meyers and A. Thomas McLellan
30. The Role of Primary Care Physicians in the Detection and Treatment of Adolescent Mental Health Problems, Daniel Romer and Mary McIntosh
31. The Role of School Mental Health Professionals in the Delivery of Care to Adolescents with Mental Health Conditions, Danial Romer and Mary McIntosh
32. Conclusion: Policy Issues/Call to the Nation Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Daniel Romer

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