Psychotic Symptoms in Children and Adolescents demystifies the interviewing diagnostic process of psychosis in children and adolescents and provides a valuable resource for treatment. Psychotic symptoms have traditionally been rationalized and disregarded as products of the child’s imagination. There has been a professional reluctance to acknowledge that children could suffer from severe psychotic disorders akin to adult subjects, and that these symptoms merit a comprehensive and systematic evaluation.

This book offers a useful guide to the interviewing process, a review of differential diagnosis, and an overview on psychosocial interventions. It deals also with the use of antipsychotic drugs, beginning with issues related to their use in the field, followed by a review of literature on the subject, atypical side effects, and implementation throughout treatment.

The book fills a vacuum in the field of child and adolescent psychosis, and will have a broad appeal and interest to general psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, to child and adolescent psychiatrists, and many other mental health professionals working with disturbed children and adolescents.      

chapter Chapter 1|23 pages

Overview of Psychotic Symptoms in Childhood

chapter Chapter 2|25 pages

Psychiatric Assessment

chapter Chapter 3|32 pages

Examination of Other Psychotic Symptoms

chapter Chapter 4|10 pages

Examination of Mood and Affect

chapter Chapter 5|24 pages

Aids in the Diagnostic Process

chapter Chapter 6|36 pages

Differential Diagnosis of Psychotic Disorders

Medical Conditions Associated with Psychosis

chapter Chapter 7|49 pages

Differential Diagnosis of Psychotic Disorders

Psychiatric Disorders Associated with Psychosis

chapter Chapter 8|34 pages

Etiology and Pathogenesis

chapter Chapter 10|40 pages

Psychopharmacological Treatment

Considerations in the Clinical Use of Antipsychotic Medications

chapter Chapter 12|28 pages

Overview of Atypical Antipsychotics

chapter Chapter 14|23 pages

Treatment of Atypical Side Effects