Skip to main content
Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Fourth Edition

Mina K. Dulcan, M.D., and MaryBeth Lake, M.D.
2012
405 pages
ISBN 978-1-58562-970-1
eBook Also Available In: Paperback
Item #62970



Since the 2003 release of the third edition of Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, research on mental illness in children and the practical applications of this research have been evolving at a rapid pace. With these changes have come enhanced methods of assessment and treatment.

Topics covered in this text include:


  • The use of DSM-IV-TR for diagnosing psychiatric disorders in children and ways in which adult criteria can be adapted for use in young patients.
  • An outline of the Axis I conditions especially relevant to children and adolescents that may be a focus of clinical attention.
  • A review of how childhood psychological disorders often occur in combinations and require broad-spectrum rating scales to supplement the diagnostic process and help avoid overly narrow focus on the presenting problem.
  • New trends in treatment that include a consideration of biological factors, multimodal treatment approaches, multidisciplinary teams, and use of evidence-based interventions.
  • Ways to help both the patient and the parent or caregiver through the treatment process for better outcomes.
  • Identification of the strengths and vulnerabilities that are critical to treatment plans, such as the family’s financial resources and the child’s social environment, which includes school, neighborhood, and social support networks, all of which influence the choice of treatment strategy.

Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry provides professionals in psychiatric settings, pediatric offices and hospitals, schools, and juvenile justice settings with an efficient and easily portable reference to pediatric mental health topics of concern to practicing clinicians and students alike. Designed to fit into a lab coat or jacket pocket, this manual offers the information that most experts agree is relevant to helping children and adolescents overcome mental disorders.

Introduction to the Concise Guides series. Preface to the fourth edition. Introduction. Evaluation and treatment planning. Axis I disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence: attention-deficit and disruptive behavior disorders. Other Axis I disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence. “Adult” disorders that may begin in childhood or adolescence. Developmental disorders. Special clinical circumstances. Psychopharmacology. Psychosocial treatments. Appendix: resources for parents. Index.

"Perhaps one of the great wonders of the world is how Dulcan and colleagues can pack so much relevant child and adolescent psychiatry in a pocket-sized 352 page volume. It is also one of the great bargains of the world. Mental health practitioners from trainee to professor will find this volume an incredible resource."—Gabrielle A. Carlson, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Stony Brook University School of Medicine Putnam Hall-South Campus, Stony Brook, NY


"In this fourth edition of the now classic Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Drs. Dulcan and Lake update the considerable advances in assessment and treatment that have appeared in the literature since the previous edition was published in 2003. Here’s the practical information and medical knowledge necessary for high-level clinical competence. Residents and practitioners in general as well as child/adolescent psychiatry, medical students, pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and all other clinicians caring for the psychiatric needs of children and adolescents will benefit from having this helpful, easily accessible volume close at hand."—Joel Yager, M.D., Prof Psychiatry, Univ of CO School of Med, Prof Emeritus, Dept Psychiatry Biobehavioral Sci, Geffen School Medicine, UCLA; Prof Emeritus, Dept Psychiatry, Univ of NM School of Med


"This is a timely update of this comprehensive guide to clinical child psychiatry. The field has greatly changed since the previous edition was published in 2003, and the authors have incorporated the latest findings and discoveries for the spectrum of disorders it covers. They present this information in the same straightforward and accessible style of the previous editions, making it an essential text for anyone wanting a practical overview or quick reference guide. Students, residents and clinicians looking for a basic clinical textbook or update on child mental health care cannot do better than this volume."—Christopher R. Thomas, M.D., Robert L. Stubblefield Professor of Child Psychiatry, Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Director of Child Psychiatry Residency Training.

Mina K. Dulcan, M.D., is Margaret C. Osterman Professor of Child Psychiatry, Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Director of the Warren Wright Adolescent Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

MaryBeth Lake, M.D., is Director of Education in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.