Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents - A Psychopharmacological Approach

Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents - A Psychopharmacological Approach

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Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents - A Psychopharmacological Approach By David Nutt, Caroline Bell, Christine Masterson and Clare Short. London: Martin Dunitz Ltd, 2001, 180 pp, $29.95 (Paperback)

Those who enjoyed the Atlas of Psychopharmacology of Shiloh, Nutt and Weizmann and those who care for children will appreciate this state of the art in psychopharmacology for children.

The authors manage to combine successfully a brief but nevertheless very clear description of the basics of psychopharmacology and a clinical section with a broader scope.

We particularly welcome the section underlining the difference between history taking for children versus adult psychiatry since all too often, in our dichotomous mind, we lump together pharmacologists of all kinds on one side and psychotherapists on the other. In this book, on the contrary, the approach is family-oriented, systemic and stresses that a child has to be evaluated in context.

Some gems are noteworthy. For instance: the authors recommend taking a three-generation history, paying attention to maternal depression, and obtaining direct caretaker impression when a child is institutionalized.

A general message cautions against too quick a prescription of medications and advises to deferring the recourse to medications for two to three sessions in order to make use of the therapeutic effect of the evaluation. …

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