Young Adult Mental Health

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Jon E. Grant, Marc N. Potenza
Oxford University Press, 2010 - Medical - 448 pages
The years between 18 and 29 have become an extended period of development between adolescence and middle adulthood; young adulthood is a time of many new personal, social, and cultural pressures. Risk-taking behaviors, including substance use, typically peak during this time period in part due to neurobiological development, identity exploration, and social interactions, and most major psychiatric disorders develop during young adulthood.

Young Adult Mental Health will provide researchers and clinicians in the United States and elsewhere with a clear understanding of the developmental, clinical, and socio-cultural features of mental health unique to young adults, and how this developmental period influences critical assessment and treatment. Bringing together leading experts from psychology and psychiatry, the book surveys how major developmental milestones such as marriage and childrearing influence mental health and well-being among young adults, and the ways in which psychiatric disorders may present differently in this age group. It also reviews the conceptual and assessment challenges, phenomenology, and appropriate pharmacological and behavioral treatments of the many psychiatric difficulties faced by young adults. Finally, the book examines current research on mental health issues in young adults and reviews the strengths of the evidence, providing mental health professionals with a thorough grasp of mental health issues that will allow them to talk intelligently with young adults and to make well-informed assessment and treatment decisions based on the unique needs of this age group.

Young Adult Mental Health is an essential resource for psychiatrists and psychologists who treat young adults. It will also be useful to researchers in various areas of mental health, and to scientists who are interested in issues of age and development.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Vulnerabilities and Opportunities
5
On the Neural Path to Adulthood
19
3 RiskTaking Behaviors across the Transition from Adolescence to Young Adulthood
40
4 Impact of Childhood Mental Health Problems
64
5 College and Career
80
Modern Models of Young Male Resilient Mental Health
96
7 Cultural and Ethnic Considerations in Young Adult Mental Health
110
15 Anxiety Disorders
231
16 ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder in Young Adults
255
17 Tobacco Use and Nicotine Dependence
272
18 Alcohol Use Disorders in Young Adulthood
292
Evaluation and Treatment
311
20 Impulse Control Disorders
335
21 AttentionDeficitHyperactivity Disorder in Young Adults
352
22 Schizophrenia in Adolescents and Young Adults
362

8 Body Image
126
9 Coping with Stress and Trauma in Young Adulthood
143
A Biodevelopmental Perspective
158
11 Marriage in Young Adulthood
169
12 Developmental Pathways to Parenting
181
13 Barriers to Mental Health Service Use in Young Adulthood
195
Depression Assessment and Treatment
206
Clinical Challenges and Emerging Evidence
379
24 Eating Disorders in Young Adults
397
25 Pervasive Developmental Disorders
406
26 Personality Disorders
424
Index
441
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Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Impulsive Compulsive Disorders Clinic at the University of Minnesota Medical School. An author of over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications, Dr. Grant serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gambling Studies.

Marc N. Potenza, PHD, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Neurobiology at the Yale University School of Medicine where he is Director of the Problem Gambling Clinic, the Center of Excellence in Gambling Research, and the Women and Addictive Disorders Core of Women's Health Research at Yale, and Director of Neuroimaging for the VISN1 MIRECC of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

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