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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Where There Is No Child Psychiatrist: A mental healthcare manual

Valsamma Eapen, Philip Graham and Shoba Srinath


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Published: Oct 2012

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 214

ISBN: 9781908020482

Where There Is No Child Psychiatrist: A mental healthcare manual

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.

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.


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

   

 

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Where There Is No Psychiatrist: A mental health care manual


"Very good indeed. It provides a very succinct, and most readable, account of what non-specialists need to know about children’s mental health problems. I think that the case histories work very well in giving life to the real-life decisions that have to be made all the time. The advice that the book provides is both well informed and helpful. ...Although targeted at non-specialists, the book could very usefully be read by specialists as well."
- Professor Sir Michael Rutter,  
Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist


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