Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Where There Is No Child Psychiatrist: A Mental Health Care Manual

Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Where There Is No Child Psychiatrist: A Mental Health Care Manual

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Where There is no Child Psychiatrist: A Mental Health Care Manuel

Authors: Valsamma Eapen, Philip Graham, Shoba Srinath

RCPsych Publications

USD 20.00;pp208; ISBN 978-1901242751

Mental health problems are common in the child and adolescent age-group. This book provides an overview of different developmental, behavioural and emotional problems that may arise in this age-group, and their management. The language is easily understood; therefore it is suitable for those without specialist psychiatric training, including general practitioners, parents, and teachers. The book aims to improve the knowledge of child and adolescent developmental disorders and mental health problems among people who work with this age-group, so that their symptoms can be detected and managed earlier.

The book covers common conditions, such as developmental delay disorders, intellectual disabilities, habit disorders, emotional problems, behavioural problems, psychotic disorders, and problems of alcohol or drug use. For each condition, it first starts with a case study and then describes how to obtain more information about the problem. It provides advice on what can be done to help the child/adolescent and the family, including techniques for managing the child/adolescent and treatment options. Moreover, the book discusses chronic physical illnesses which may be linked to cognitive and mental health problems, for example, physical disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, diabetes mellitus, and HIV infection. It continues with the discussion of physical complaints without an identifiable physical explanation, including headaches, stomach aches, fatigue and weakness. Next, it addresses problems resulting from the young person's environment, such as parental marital problems, grief, child neglect, and child abuse. Important issues to look out for during assessments and their respective management are outlined. …

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