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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 310
Clinical assessment and management of childhood psychiatric disorders

Department of Psychiatry, K G Medical College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Date of Web Publication28-Aug-2013

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Sitholey P. Clinical assessment and management of childhood psychiatric disorders. Indian J Psychiatry 2013;55:310

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Sitholey P. Clinical assessment and management of childhood psychiatric disorders. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2013 [cited 2022 Dec 5];55:310. Available from:

Author: Dr. Savita Malhotra

Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Edition: 2 nd Edition

Publisher: CBS Publishers and Distributors Private Ltd., New Delhi.

Published in 2013

Pages: 226, Price: ₹ 320

Child psychiatry is still in its early days in India. Despite evidence of great need of child psychiatric services in India, Child Psychiatrists and allied professionals may be counted on finger tips. There are only a few academic centers teaching Child Psychiatrists in India and Professor Savita Malhotra is one of the few academic Child Psychiatrists. Very few books have been written in India on Child Psychiatrists by the Indian Child Psychiatrists. Professor Malhotra is perhaps the only eminent academic Indian child psychiatrist to do so. She has now come up with the second edition of her book on Child Psychiatrists.

This book should not be compared with the other international text books on child and adolescent psychiatry because those books have been written in countries where child psychiatry has been well-established for a long time. In India, the needs and requirements are different. Here, a general adult psychiatry, pediatrics or neurology resident or practitioner has to get going in child psychiatry. And for this purpose, this 2 nd edition of Clinical Assessment and Management of Child Psychiatric Disorders is a very good reading and companion.

The book's emphasis is on clinical assessment and management. For this reason, the author combines theory and clinical methods so that the reader gets to know why and how assessment is to be done. After assessment, one will need to reach a diagnostic conclusion and the book helps one do that. This is followed by what can practically be done by way of management in Indian context.

The book begins with child development, which needs to be in bones of someone who wishes to practice child psychiatry. This is followed by a chapter on family, school and environmental influences on child development. Having done this the reader is led to approaches to child psychiatric assessment and interview. Psychiatric interview, neurodevelopmental and psychological assessments are concisely, but well-covered. The book also has a chapter on structured assessments and Indian scales, especially those developed by the author and her colleagues, briefly described and given.

Psychiatric diagnosis and classification are given together. The International Classification of Diseases, 10 th revision: Classification of Mental and Behavioral Disorders is summarily described and given. There are useful diagnostic algorithms in this chapter, which should help a new entrant to child psychiatry.

There is a well-written chapter on planning management based on experience of the author. Psychological treatment and medication are put in the proper perspective. The emphasis is on both removal of the symptoms and furthering the affected child's normal development. Both psychological and pharmacological treatments are covered in one chapter. A useful table on drugs, their dosages and side-effects is provided.

The book has a brief chapter on special developmental issues, problems and treatment approaches in adolescence. Furthermore, there is a chapter on psychiatric emergencies. A glossary of terms used in the book is provided and there are useful appendices of scales developed by the author.

There is a brief write-up on guidelines for healthy parenting, something often asked by the parents.

Overall, in 226 pages, you have a very concisely and coherently written a useful book to start a beginner on his way to basic clinical methods and treatment in child psychiatry. The book should find a place in all medical libraries of our country.

Correspondence Address:
Prabhat Sitholey
Department of Psychiatry, K G Medical College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
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