Children and Behavioural Problems: Anxiety, Aggression, Depression and ADHD -- A Biopsychological Model with Guidelines for Diagnostics and Treatment

Children and Behavioural Problems: Anxiety, Aggression, Depression and ADHD -- A Biopsychological Model with Guidelines for Diagnostics and Treatment

Children and Behavioural Problems: Anxiety, Aggression, Depression and ADHD -- A Biopsychological Model with Guidelines for Diagnostics and Treatment

Children and Behavioural Problems: Anxiety, Aggression, Depression and ADHD -- A Biopsychological Model with Guidelines for Diagnostics and Treatment

Synopsis

"In this book, psychologist Martine F. Delfos provides practical guidance on the diagnosis, support and treatment of a variety of childhood behavioural problems, including anxiety problems, aggression, depression and ADHD. Presenting a useful model of the interplay of environment, disposition and central nervous system development, Delfos shows how differences in brain structure between the sexes may have a part to play in behavioural problems in children and adolescents. Children and Behavioural Problems is an essential resource for teachers, psychologists, social workers and other professionals working with children, as well as for parents seeking to support their children with special needs throughout their development." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

There are two parts to this book. In the first I present a biopsychological model, where aggression disorders and anxiety disorders together with depression are placed in one explanatory framework alongside ADHD (Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder). For an explanatory model about autism I refer to A Strange World – Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and PDD-NOS:1 A Guide for Parents, Partners, Professional Carers, and People with ASDs (Delfos, 2004a). Depression will be discussed because it can follow on from anxiety problems. ADHD will also be discussed because with a number of children it occurs in combination with conduct disorders. The second part of the book discusses the practical effects of this model for diagnostics and professional care for children and their parents.

Confusing terminology

'Aggression' and 'anxiety' are two terms used to refer to conduct difficulties with children and youngsters. When these occur with adults, they are described in more detail (for example naming a specific fear such as agoraphobia or social phobia) or in terms of personality disorders (for example antisocial personality disorder).

With 'conduct disorder' a specific group of behaviours is meant, namely those where social codes are structurally violated or not followed out of fear, and disorders such as autism and bedwetting are not included. Use of the term 'behaviour' is more general and is, in principle, free from value judgements. The term 'conduct' refers more to 'behaviours', that is to say behaviour towards something or someone. There is a moral side to the use of 'behaviour', as well as an indication of how one is expected to behave.

Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified . . .

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