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Where There Is No Child Psychiatrist

A mental healthcare manual

By Valsamma Eapen, Philip Graham, Shoba Srinath

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Format: Paperback, 214 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 October 2012
Mental health problems and worries are common among infants, children and adolescents in every part of the world. This book is a practical manual for primary healthcare professionals, teachers and anyone who works with children - especially in places where specialist psychiatric care is not available. After giving the reader an overview of child mental health problems, the manual goes on to deal with the various developmental, behavioural and emotional problems that arise in as many as 10% of the youth population. For each problem it first provides a case study and then describes how to find out more about a child with this problem. It suggests what can be done to help the child and their family. It also examines the mental health aspects of childhood maltreatment and exposure to natural or man-made disasters. Covers problems that health workers and teachers in low- and middle-income countries often have to deal with.Written in simple language with many case examples and pictures.The only comprehensive book on mental healthcare in young people for those with no access to specialist medical advice. Readership: This book is intended for anyone who works with children or young people, but who does not have specialist training in mental health problems. This includes: primary care doctors and nurses, community health workers and teachers.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations List of tables and boxes 1. Introduction 1.1 Mental health problems in children and adolescents 1.2 Types of mental health problems 1.3 Importance of mental health problems 1.4 Main causes of mental health problems in childhood 2. Assessment and treatment: general principles 2.1 Assessment 2.2 Taking into account local culture 2.3 Treatment 3. Making a summary and action plan 3.1 Making a summary 3.2 Example of an action plan 4. Development and developmental problems 4.1 Assessment of developmental delay 4.2 Language delay 4.3 Stammering 4.4 Reading difficulties 4.5 Clumsiness 4.6 Autism spectrum disorder 5. Intellectual disability 5.1 Information about intellectual disability 5.2 Finding out more about children with intellectual disability 5.3 Helping children with intellectual disability 6. Habit disorders 6.1 Feeding problems 6.2 Obesity 6.3 Sleeping difficulties 6.4 Bed-wetting 6.5 Soiling 6.6 Tics and other jerky movements 7. Emotional problems 7.1 Introduction to anxiety problems 7.2 Panic attacks 7.3 Fears and phobias 7.4 Refusal to go to school 7.5 Separation anxiety 7.6 Excessive shyness 7.7 Depression, misery and unhappiness 7.8 Obsessions and compulsions 8. Behaviour and related problems 8.1 Temper tantrums and disobedience 8.2 Hyperactivity and attention problems (ADHD) 8.3 Aggressive behaviour and bullying 8.4 Fire-setting 8.5 Lying 8.6 Stealing 8.7 Truancy 9. Specific problems in adolescence 9.1 Introduction 9.2 Sexual development 9.3 Self-starvation (anorexia nervosa) 9.4 Self-harm 10. Alcohol and drug dependency 10.1 Alcohol problems 10.2 Drug problems 11. Psychotic disorders 11.1 Bipolar disorder 11.2 Schizophrenia 12. Chronic physical illness and disability 12.1 Physical illness and mental health 12.2 Physical disability 12.3 Hearing impairment 12.4 Visual impairment 12.5 Cerebral palsy 12.6 Seizures/fits (epilepsy) 12.7 Diabetes mellitus 12.8 HIV/AIDS 12.9 Sickle cell disease 12.1 Mental health aspects of life-threatening illness 13. Physical illness without an identifiable physical explanation 13.1 Assessment of physical symptoms 13.2 Weakness without physical cause 13.3 Stomach aches 13.4 Headaches 13.5 Tiredness/fatigue 14. Stressful situations 14.1 Parental marriage relationships and children 14.2 Grief and loss 14.3 Physical abuse 14.4 Sexual abuse 14.5 Emotional abuse 14.6 Neglect 14.7 Children in disasters 14.8 Post-traumatic stress 15. Parents and the needs of children 15.1 Basic physical care 15.2 Secure sense of attachment 15.3 Love and affection 15.4 Age-appropriate stimulation 15.5 Guidance and control 15.6 Encouraging independence 15.7 Respecting the child as a person 15.8 Building self-esteem and confidence 16. Mental health promotion 16.1 Preventing intellectual disability 16.2 Working with teachers 16.3 Anti-bullying programmes in schools 16.4 Social networking 17. Medication References and suggested reading Appendix 1: My star chart Appendix 2: Guide to medication for use in childhood mental disorders Index

About the Author

About the authors: Valsamma Eapen - Professor & Chair, Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Philip Graham - Emeritus Professor of Child Psychiatry, Institute of Child Health, London. Shoba Srinath - Professor & Head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India.

EAN: 9781908020482
ISBN: 1908020482
Publisher: RCPsych Publications
Dimensions: 24.6 x 19 x 1.1 centimetres (0.42 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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