Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Psychiatric Disorders Explained

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Psychiatric Disorders Explained

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Psychiatric Disorders Explained A GUIDE TO PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES IN SCHOOLS: Understanding Roles, Treatment, and Collaboration By S. S. Brent 2012, Routiedge


The stated purpose of this book is to bridge the communication and understanding gap between educators and mental health professionals. To that end, author Shawna Brent, using a very clinical perspective, strives to provide relevant and pertinent information on several common psychiatric disorders and then link the educational implications of these disorders in accessible fashion for educators. Twenty-three diagnoses that fall in six main classes of psychiatric disorders as defined by the DSM-I-V are covered in this book, as well as five target symptoms usually identified in students with no diagnoses.

The classes of disorders covered are: disruptive behavior disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, and pervasive development disorders. The book also covers the medication aspect of disorder treatment and the impact of sustained medication usage on elementary school-age children.

This book does a fantastic job of bringing the incredibly complex to a conversational level and demystifying the clinical evaluation process. Brent lays bare the psychiatric process, from referral to recommendation. He use of ical cases to illustrate the nature of the disorders was also helpful and further enhanced the reader's understanding.

As a school psychologist, I especially enjoyed the section that covered the process of medicating children and what the effects of each medication are. The author provides much detail on the different types of medications available for differing disorders and manages not to overwhelm the reader in the process. …

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