Mental Health Care of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Primary Care Clinicians

ISBN: 9781610021500
ISBN-10: 1610021509
Copyright: 2018
Edition: 1st
Editor: Foy, Jane Meschan
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 89
Reviewer: Ann  Giese,  MD  (PediaTrust)
This is an up-to-date mental health reference for primary care pediatricians. It includes diagnostic criteria and treatment algorithms for mental health conditions commonly encountered in the pediatric office. It also includes a multitude of current resources for clinicians and for patients and parents.
The purpose is to provide an educational tool and reference for pediatricians looking to bolster their competence in identifying and treating mental health disorders in children and adolescents. The book meets these objectives through evidence-based summaries of specific disorders. It also includes very accessible references.
The target audience is practicing pediatricians who are looking to expand into office mental healthcare. However, the book also could serve as a reference for family practice physicians, pediatric residents, and medical students with an interest in primary care. The tables in the book are very helpful to anyone looking to expand their diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues in children. The author uses solid references to AAP guidelines, DSM-5, and strong evidence to back recommendations for office-based approaches to common pediatric mental health conditions.
The book covers pediatric mental health broadly, including common topics such as ADHD, depression, and anxiety. It also covers current and emerging topics such as substance use and abuse and gender nonconformity. I found the chapter on gender expression and identity particularly informative and helpful. I love that the chapter includes more in-depth resources for clinicians, parents, and patients in separate tables. I also appreciate this book's unique approach to discussing ADHD, accurately identifying parent concerns about diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and providing tools for management in a stepwise fashion. The tables in chapter 11 are particularly easy to read, concise, and great references for physicians wishing to expand their practice to include medical treatment for mental health issues.
This is a broad and comprehensive resource for office-based pediatricians looking to expand mental health offerings. The book includes excellent resources for diagnosis, treatment, and patient education. In my opinion, every pediatric office should have at least one copy of this book available to clinicians.
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1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 10
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? N/A