Psychotic Symptoms in Children and Adolescents: Assessment, Differential Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Routledge, Nov 6, 2006 - Medical - 550 pages
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Psychotic Symptoms in Children and Adolescents demystifies the interviewing diagnostic process of psychosis in children and adolescents and provides a valuable resource for treatment. Psychotic symptoms have traditionally been rationalized and disregarded as products of the child’s imagination. There has been a professional reluctance to acknowledge that children could suffer from severe psychotic disorders akin to adult subjects, and that these symptoms merit a comprehensive and systematic evaluation.

This book offers a useful guide to the interviewing process, a review of differential diagnosis, and an overview on psychosocial interventions. It deals also with the use of antipsychotic drugs, beginning with issues related to their use in the field, followed by a review of literature on the subject, atypical side effects, and implementation throughout treatment.

The book fills a vacuum in the field of child and adolescent psychosis, and will have a broad appeal and interest to general psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, to child and adolescent psychiatrists, and many other mental health professionals working with disturbed children and adolescents.      


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Chapter 2 Psychiatric Assessment
Chapter 3 Examination of Other Psychotic Symptoms
Chapter 4 Examination of Mood and Affect
Chapter 5 Aids in the Diagnostic Process
Medical Conditions Associated with Psychosis
Psychiatric Disorders Associated with Psychosis
Chapter 8 Etiology and Pathogenesis
Chapter 9 Psychosocial Interventions for Chronic Psychoses
Chapter 12 Overview of Atypical Antipsychotics
Chapter 13 Side Effects of Mood Stabilizers and Atypical Antipsychotics
Chapter 14 Treatment of Atypical Side Effects
Appendix A Drug Interactions
Appendix B Conventional or Classic Antipsychotics

Considerations in the Clinical Use of Antipsychotic Medications
Chapter 11 Mood Stabilizing Medications in the Treatment of Psychotic Disorders of Children and Adolescents Other Treatments and Alternative Tre...

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Claudio Cepeda, M.D., is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in private practice and member of the Southwest Psychiatric Physicians, as well as Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. His first book, The Psychiatric Interview of Children and Adolescents, has been translated to Japanese, Slovac and Spanish. He has broad clinical experience in inpatient, partial, hospital and outpatient preadolescent and adolescent psychiatric practice, and in teaching child and adolescent interviewing to general psychiatric residents and fellows in child and adolescent psychiatry.

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