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DSM-5-TR® Pocket Guide for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Robert J. Hilt, M.D., FAAP, FAACAP, FAPA, and Abraham M. Nussbaum, M.D., M.T.S.

  • 2025
  • 0 Pages
  • ISBN 978-1-61537-546-2
  • Item #37546
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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, Text Revision (DSM-5-TR) provides an incredibly useful evidence-based, consensus-driven framework for diagnosing mental illness in individuals. When working with children and adolescents, it is insufficient to match the exhibited mental distress to a classification in DSM-5-TR; great care must be given to understanding the cultural, family, gender/sex, and other factors impacting a child's mental health today.

That is what makes the DSM-5-TR Pocket Guide for Child and Adolescent Mental Health so necessary: it serves as a pragmatic translation of DSM-5-TR to clinical practice to provide the most effective treatment. The diagnostic interview remains the focus of this volume, but the information has been updated to reflect the changes in DSM-5-TR. Readers of all skill levels and experience will find practical guidance for 15-, 30-, and 45-minute versions of the interview. The medication tables have also been updated to reflect current evidence. The book also features new sections with chapters describing

  • Developing a therapeutic alliance
  • Meeting a young person experiencing mental distress
  • Crisis care for a young person
  • Positive psychology interviews

Drawing on a decade of clinical research and community practice, this pocket guide offers a person-centered approach to care that is relevant in multiple settings—which is particularly useful when considering that young people are more likely to receive an initial mental health diagnosis and treatment in a non–behavioral health setting.

With short, easily referenced chapters and immediately actionable information, the DSM-5-TR Pocket Guide for Child and Adolescent Mental Health is an indispensable companion for the student, trainee, and seasoned clinician alike.


  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Starting Out with A Therapeutic Alliance
  • Chapter 2. Meeting a Young Person Experiencing Mental Distress
  • Chapter 3. Engaging a Young Person Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis
  • Chapter 4. Working Together on Common Clinical Concerns
  • Chapter 5. Reaching a DSM-5-TR Diagnosis When You Have 15 Minutes
  • Chapter 6. Reaching a DSM-5-TR Diagnosis When You Have 30 Minutes
  • Chapter 7. Reaching a DSM-5-TR Diagnosis When You Have 45 Minutes or More
  • Chapter 8. Recalling Common DSM-5-TR Diagnoses Through Tables
  • Chapter 9. Taking Six-Steps to a Differential Diagnosis
  • Chapter 10. Organizing a Comprehensive Pediatric Mental Status Examination with a Psychiatric Glossary
  • Chapter 11. Using DSM-5-TR Assessment Measures to Aid Diagnosis
  • Chapter 12. Employing Rates Scales and Alternative Di-agnostic Systems while Assessing a Young Person
  • Chapter 13. Recognizing Developmental Red Flags
  • Chapter 14. Crafting Pediatric Mental Health Treatment Plans
  • Chapter 15. Initiating Psychosocial Interventions
  • Chapter 16. Starting a Psychotherapy
  • Chapter 17. Initiating Medications and Monitoring for Adverse Effects
  • Chapter 18. Advancing Mental Health Care for Young People Through Practice, Education, Research, and Advocacy
  • References
  • Index

About the Authors

Robert J. Hilt, M.D., FAAP, is Director, Community Leadership, and Director, Partnership Access Line, Seattle Children's Hospital, in Seattle, Washington

Abraham M. Nussbaum, M.D., is Professor and Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, in Aurora, Colorado

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