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Diagnostic Dilemmas in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Philosophical Perspectives

Diagnostic Dilemmas in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Philosophical Perspectives

by Christian Perring, Lloyd Wells


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Diagnostic Dilemmas in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Philosophical Perspectives

Though many of the ethical issues important in adult mental health are of relevance in the child, there are a considerable number of issues special to children. Many of the dilemmas faced pertain to diagnosis, treatment, the protection of the child, as well as the child's own developing intelligence and moral judgement. In addition, there are cases where the interests of the parents may conflict with the interests of the child. For example, the interests of a mother with schizophrenia might best be served by her continuing to look after her child, but the child's interests might require that a substitute placement be found.

Diagnostic Dilemmas in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is the first in the IPPP series to explore this highly complex topic. It brings together a collection of clinicians and philosophers who consider a range of topics central to the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents affected by mental disorders.

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ISBN-13: 9780199645756
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Christian Perring, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Dowling College, USA,Lloyd Wells, Emeritus Consultant in Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, USA

Christian Perring is Professor of Philosophy at Dowling College, NY. He has academic degrees from Oxford University, King's College London, and Princeton University. He is a member of the executive council for the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry, and he is the editor of Metapsychology Online Reviews. His research interests are in philosophy of psychiatry, philosophy of psychology, and moral psychology, with particular focus on issues of the moral responsibility of people with mental illness, the classification of disorders in child and adolescent psychiatry, and the role of scientific reductionism in psychiatry. He teaches in a wide variety of areas, including medical ethics, the philosophy of law, the philosophy of sex and love, and the history of psychology.

Dr. Wells recently retired after a thirty-nine year career at Mayo Clinic, where he worked in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. For twenty-two years he was Chair of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. For twelve years he served as Vice-Chair of the department, in charge of education issues. For more than twenty years he was medical director of the inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry unit. Dr. Wells was a course director in the medical school for almost twenty years and served as program director for the residency programs in child and adolescent psychiatry and general psychiatry. He examined on the general psychiatry Boards and served as education chair for the Society of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Table of Contents

Section One: Theoretical and Conceptual Issues
1. Theoretical and Conceptual Issues: Background and Introduction, Christian Perring and Lloyd A. Wells
2. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Conceptual and Diagnostic Issues, Fayez El-Gabalawi
3. The Concept of Disease and our Responsibility for Children, Leen De Vreese
4. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry between Neuroscience and the Family Perspective: a Pragmatist Approach, Jorid Moen
5. Comoribidity in Diagnosis of Children and Adolescents: Conceptual Complications, Benjamin Lovett and S. Brian Hood
6. Are Relationship Problems Disorders?, Christian Perring
7. 'Moving Parts get Broken': Neuroimaging Research and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Robyn Bluhm
8. Psychiatric Nosology in Children and Adolescents: Past, Present, Future, Lloyd A. Wells
Section Two: Particular Disorders
9. Particular Disorders: Background and Introduction, Christian Perring and Lloyd A. Wells
10. Conduct Disorder as a vice-laden diagnostic concept, John Z Sadler
11. Conduct- and Oppositional-Defiant Disorders: Pathologizing the Normal, Sara Worley
12. Depression in Children and Adolescents, Jennifer Vande Voort
13. Bipolar Disorder in Historical Perspective, Lloyd A. Wells
14. The Beginning of Wisdom is calling things by their Right Name: A Critique of the Broad Concept of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder using the Robins and Guze model, Bhanu Prakash Kolla

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