The opening chapters set the scene with developmental considerations, epidemiology and assessment. Coverage includes causal factors and reflects the progress made in the understanding of the genetics of child psychiatric disorders. The main body of the book guides the reader through the major disorders. The final chapters address child abuse and neglect, treatment approaches and prevention. References are provided to enable readers to locate more information on subjects they wish to pursue further.
The book refers to the widely used systems of classifying psychiatric disorders – the World Health Organisation’s ICD–10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders and the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–IV–TR) – and provides a succinct orientation chapter on these systems.
Learning about normal child development.
The development of self–esteem.
Development in adulthood.
2. Causes of Child Psychiatric Disorders.
Intra–uterine disease and injury.
Brain disease and injury.
3. Classification of Child Psychiatric Disorders.
The American Psychiatric Association’s scheme.
The World Health Organization’s diagnostic scheme.
A classic study.
5. Assessing Children and Their Families.
Taking the history.
The developmental history.
Examining the child.
The physical examination.
Other sources of information.
Other tests and investigations.
6. Conduct and Oppositional Disorders.
Definition and classification.
7. Hyperkinetic and Attention–Deficit Disorders.
Definitions and prevalence.
Assessment and treatment.
8. Anxiety Disorders.
Definition and classification.
A word of warning.
Other neurotic disorders: Neurasthenia.
9. Mixed Disorders of Conduct and Emotions.
10. Major Affective Disorders, Suicide and Dysthymia.
Depression in children and adolescents.
Suicide, suicidal behaviour and deliberate self–harm.
Mania and manic states.
11. Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Rett’s syndrome or disorder.
Childhood disintegrative disorder.
Other pervasive developmental disorders.
Non–verbal learning difficulties.
Other treatment possibilities.
12. Specific Disorders of Development.
Speech and language problems and communication disorders.
Reading and spelling problems.
Problems with mathematics.
Developmental disorders of motor function.
Mixed specific developmental disorders.
13. Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses of Childhood.
Childhood onset schizophrenia.
Acute and transient psychotic disorders and brief psychotic disorder.
Toxic confusional and delirious states.
14. Enuresis and Encopresis.
15. Reactions to Stress.
Post–traumatic stress disorder.
Acute stress reaction and acute stress disorder.
16. Other Psychiatric Syndromes.
Other psychosexual problems.
Tics and Tourette’s Syndrome.
Elective mutism/selective mutism.
The Kleine–Levin syndrome.
Episodic dyscontrol syndrome/intermittent explosive disorder.
Factitious illness by proxy.
17. Mind–Body Relationships.
The influence of the body on the mind.
The effects of the mind on the body.
Psychosomatic considerations in child psychiatry.
18. Infant Psychiatry.
Disorders of infants and young children.
Feeding difficulties and failure to thrive.
Aggressive behaviour disorders.
Treatment in infant psychiatry.
19. Special Problems of Adolescence.
Prevalence of psychiatric disorders in adolescence.
Unresolved childhood disorders.
Disorders related to puberty and adolescence.
Adult–type disorders arising in adolescence.
Suicidal behaviour in adolescence.
Drug and alcohol abuse.
20. Psychiatric Disorders in Mentally Retarded Children.
The prevalence of psychiatric disorders in the mentally retarded.
Clinical associations and causes of mental retardation.
Types of mental retardation.
Some other points about management.
21. Child Abuse and Neglect.
Other associations of abuse and neglect.
The role of psychiatrists.
Some points about managing abusive and neglectful families.
22. Treatment Approaches.
Therapy and counseling with parents.
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.
Inpatient and residential treatment.
Speech and language therapy.
Removal from parental care.
Child psychiatric consultation and liaison.
Variations in vulnerability.
Primary prevention methods.
Review comments on previous editions
"Its strengths are the systematic coverage of all the major disorders in a fashion that can be easily read and understood."Journal of Paediatric Child Health
"Thoroughly revised, well referenced and written in an easy flowing style, this is an excellent introduction to child psychiatry."Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
"A book does not reach a sixth edition unless it has proved itself a leader in its field, and Basic Child Psychiatry is certainly a first choice for many readers seeking an introduction to the topic."Nursing Times