Pediatricians and primary care providers (PCPs) commonly encounter youth with mental health problems in their practice. The aim of this practical handbook is to facilitate the triage, differential diagnosis, treatment, and referral of youth in an efficacious and safe manner. Starting with common chief complaints, this ground-breaking text provides systematic algorithms which guide you through each step of the evaluation and treatment process. By using innovative tables, figures, and programmed text, your clinical input leads you to the key information that you need.
Do you want to know how to structure your practice so that it can function smoothly even when a child is seen in crisis? This handbook can help you with that. Ever wonder whether a child should get a trial of therapy before starting medications? This handbook will help you figure that out. Ever wonder which medicine to start, at what dose, how to titrate it, what to tell parents, and how to manage it? It will help you with that as well. Ever wonder which rating scale would be good to monitor a child’s progress? Done.
Developed and written jointly by child psychiatrists and pediatricians working in unison, this is the handbook that you have been waiting for. In an age of FDA black box warnings and concern regarding high risk behaviors in youth, this is the handbook that places practical, easily accessible, and clinically useful information at your fingertips.
If you have purchased a copy of Practical Child & Adolescent Psychiatry for Pediatrics and Primary Care and are interested in using it as a basis for teaching, training, or continuing education courses, we have the ideal teaching tool for you! A careful selection of elements from the book useful for teaching purposes, such as the algorithms, have been put together into a PowerPoint presentation which may be used during lectures. This presentation is supplied free of charge to approved instructors.
From the Reviews
"Practical Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is an excellent manual for pediatricians and primary care providers striving to address the immense mental health needs of their patients. This book provides practical advice that is applicable to the everyday situations faced in the clinic by providing multiple algorithms based on common chief complaints and specific diagnoses. These algorithms coupled with several chapters on pharmacologic, psychotherapeutic, and psychosocial interventions provide the information necessary for diagnosis, treatment, and referral of psychiatric disorders in childhood.
"Aside from the excellent content, one of the great strengths of the books is the “real world” context in which it was derived. Dr. Kershner has over 20 years of general pediatric experience, coupled with fellowship training in child psychiatry. Dr. Trivedi, a former congressional fellow and longtime child advocate, also brings years of experience as a child psychiatrist. Together, the authors have produced a highly useful tool that equips pediatricians and primary care providers with tangible ways to approach common psychiatric disorders of childhood."
Nate Noble, DO, FAAP, Div. of Developmental-Behavioral, Pediatrics, University of Iowa, in Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Vol. 31, July/August 2010
"This book has everything pediatricians and primary care providers need to comfortably assess, treat, and/or refer children and adolescents whose chief complaint of mental health may be out of their comfort zone. It deserves a place among every pediatrician's reference books."
Pieter Joost van Wattum, MD, MA, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, in Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Vol. 71, 2010.
"While the primary care practitioner may not have chosen to sub-specialize in child psychiatry, many child and adolescent patients will present in primary care settings with mental health concerns. ... This extremely user-friendly handbook... provides a very well organized and easy-to-follow guide through the process of evaluating, diagnosing, and treating pediatric mental health concerns in a primary care setting. The balanced focus on safety and timely referrals to psychiatrists and other mental health professionals when needed is appropriate. With this handbook on their bookshelves, primary care practitioners will be much better equipped to meet the growing needs of children with mental health concerns. ... The first section of the volume provides guidance on how to use the book. The second section focuses on common chief complaints of patients' presenting to a pediatrician, such as irritability, school refusal, excessive worrying, and refusing to speak. … The authors […] guide the reader through a thoughtful differential diagnosis of each chief complaint using bulleted points and assessment algorithms. … The third section of the handbook consists of thirteen chapters covering psychiatric diagnoses ranging from adjustment disorders and autism to psychotic disorders and substance use disorders. The beginning of each chapter provides a brief introduction to the broad diagnostic category, and an assessment algorithm quickly follows."
Stephanie Vetere Sims, MD in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2010
"This is an interesting book […] that will be useful in the clinical setting where doctors are frequently confronted by the difficult problems of diagnosis and management of child and adolescent psychiatry. […] The authors [...] have succeeded in producing a handbook that contains information and clinical pathways designed to provide the information judged to be most helpful in this area to practising physicians. This book was written specifically for a paediatric and primary care physician audience, utilizing clear algorithmic steps that demonstrate what should be done in each envisaged clinical situation."
David Monash in Australian Family Physician Vol. 39, No. 6, June 2010
"The first thing that crossed my mind when I saw the title of this book was that it seemed to be an ambitious undertaking. This is still my impression, even after having read and reread this innovative, smart, delightful, idealistic, and indeed practical book… I applaud this effort… The authors' enthusiasm, idealism, and rigorous adherence to their mission are evident in each and every page. It makes for interesting reading, even in the absence of a specific case that one is trying to manage…. this is a valuable book. I absolutely recommend it to my colleagues."
Eyal Shemesh, MD (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 48, 2009
"Recognizing that pediatricians and primary care physicians are most often the first to encounter children with psychiatric illnesses and disorders, this book provides a guide to the most common presenting complaints, using examples and algorithms... This is a useful book. It provides a good, example-based approach to common childhood psychiatric illnesses, making it a good reference for medical care providers at all levels of training. 5 Stars!"
Yana M. Oskin, MD (Rush University Medical Center) in Doody's Book Review