A special section on adolescent substance abuse highlights Volume 29 of Adolescent Psychiatry.  Contributions range from an examination of brain myelination in relation to onset of addictive disorders (Bartzokis) to the screening instruments used to detect substance use disorders (Rosner) to practical aspects of psychiatric assessment and management of substance abusing adolescents (Havivi).  Topical studies focus on the changing patterns of use and health risks of the "designer drug" Ecstasy (Grob); the club drugs gamma-hydroxybutyrate and ketamine (Miotto et al.); and adolescent pathological gambling, a behavioral disorder with strikingly addictive features.  Taken together, these illuminating essays converge in an appreciation of adolescent substance abuse and
addiction in all their biopsychosocial complexity.
Elsewhere in Volume 29, contributors review neuroimaging studies in an effort to shed light on adolescent psychiatric disorders (Day et al.); reevaluate the construct of borderline personality disorder as it pertains to adolescence (Becker & Grilo; Paris); and present the encouraging results of a pilot project on the psychodynamic psychotherapy of adolescents with panic disorder (Milrod et al.).  A case series on the treatment of hospitalized adolescents who deliberately ingest foreign objects (Petti et al.) and a case study of the cross-cultural issues that arose in the therapy of an Asian American adolescent (Shen et al.) enlarge the clinical and cultural scope of the volume. 
True to the legacy of previous volumes in the series, Volume 29 of Adolescent Psychiatry brings within its purview all the elements of a multidimensional grasp of adolescent development, psychopathology, and treatment.  Neuroscientific
findings, empirical clinical studies, case series, and descriptions of clinical approaches all take their place in this illuminating and richly textured collection.

part I|171 pages

Special Section on Adolescent Substance use and Addiction

chapter 3|42 pages

Brain Myelination in Prevalent Neuropsychiatry Developmental Disorders

Primary and Comorbid Addiction
ByGeorge Bartzokis

chapter 4|22 pages

The Enigma of Ecstasy Implications for Youth and Society

ByCharles S. Grob

chapter 5|30 pages

Pathological Gambling in Adolescents No Longer Child's Play

ByTimothy W. Fong

chapter 6|24 pages

Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and Ketamine Effects and Treatment of Toxicity

ByKaren Miotto, Paras Davoodi, Salomon Maya

part II|43 pages

Development Psychopathology and Psychotherapy

chapter 7|42 pages

Structure and Function of the Adolescent Brain Findings from Neuroimaging Studies

ByJosh Day, Sufen Chiu, Robert L. Hendren

chapter 9|12 pages

Diagnosing Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescence

ByJoel Paris

chapter 10|40 pages

Deliberate Foreign Body Ingestion in Hospitalized Youth A Case Series and Overview

ByTheodore A. Petti, Melissa Blitsch, Susanne Blix, Linda Sims

chapter 11|26 pages

A Pilot Study of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in 18– to 21-Year-Old Patients with Panic Disorder

ByBarbara Milrod, Frederic Busch, Theodore Shapiro, Andrew C. Leon, Andrew Aronson

chapter 12|28 pages

Cross-Cultural Issues in Therapy with an Asian American Adolescent

ByHong Shen, Sufen Chiu, Russell F. Lim