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DSM-5® Casebook and Treatment Guide for Child Mental Health

Edited by Cathryn A. Galanter, M.D., and Peter S. Jensen, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-490-4
  • Item #62490


DSM-5® Casebook and Treatment Guide for Child Mental Health offers trainees and clinicians who provide mental health services to children and adolescents a concise but conceptually and clinically rich guide to the types of disorders commonly found in practice. The cases are either new or updated from the previous publication, which was designed as a child mental health casebook for DSM-IV-TR, and were chosen to illustrate advances in diagnosis and evidence-based assessment and treatment with DSM-5 in mind. For each case, commentaries are included from a child and adolescent psychiatrist and child psychologist (or another mental health professional), who review each vignette and address diagnostic formulation and treatment from both psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic perspectives, with attention to other modalities that might be important for clinical management. This panel approach allows for a diversity of perspectives and provides valuable, complementary insights into each case.

The book is structured in a logical, user-friendly way, with many features that facilitate and enhance learning:

  • Cases are divided into four sections, each with an introduction by the editors, who summarize and contextualize the information presented in that part, providing a framework for understanding and building bridges to the other sections.
  • The 29 case vignettes are fascinating, instructive, and diverse. The cases range from fairly clear diagnoses, to more complex presentations (such as when patients with comorbid conditions), to the most difficult cases (when the diagnosis is unclear, the patient has not responded to previous treatment, only limited evidence is available on the correct means of treatment, and/or the patient’s psychopathology occurs in the context of extreme psychosocial stressors).
  • The book’s final part addresses diagnostic and treatment decision making and includes two chapters on clinical and research issues in the diagnosis and treatment of child psychopathology.

The book’s cross-disciplinary approach makes it appropriate for clinicians and trainees from all disciplines who are involved in treating children and adolescents with mental health problems. DSM-5® Casebook and Treatment Guide for Child Mental Health is unparalleled in its engaging style, up-to-date information, and expert, evidence-based guidance in conceptualizing diagnosis and treatment.


Introduction: Our Conceptualization of the Cases
Part I: Classic Cases Introduction to Classic Cases
Introduction to Classic Cases
Chapter 1. Trouble Paying Attention: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Chapter 2. Trouble With Transitions: Does My Child Have Autism?
Chapter 3. Living in Her Parents’ Shadow: Separation Anxiety Disorder
Chapter 4. Chatterbox at Home: Selective Mutism
Chapter 5. Everything Bothers Her: Major Depressive Disorder
Chapter 6. Excessively Silly: Bipolar Disorder
Chapter 7. Life of the Party: Chronic Marijuana Use
Chapter 8. Jerking Movements: An Adolescent With Psychosis
Chapter 9. She Just Won’t Eat a Thing: Anorexia Nervosa
Chapter 10. I Just Can’t Stop: Tourette’s Disorder
Chapter 11. He’s Always Exhausted: Disordered Sleep in an Adolescent
Chapter 12. The World Is a Very Dirty Place: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Part II: Comorbid Complexity
Introduction to Comorbid Complexity
Chapter 13. Stealing the Car: Disruptive Behavior in an Adolescent
Chapter 14. Zero Tolerance: Threats to Harm a Teacher in Elementary School
Chapter 15. Anxious Adolescent in the Emergency Room: Misuse of Prescription Medications
Chapter 16. The Worried Child: A Child With Multiple Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 17. Affective Storms: A Careful Assessment of Rage Attacks
Chapter 18. Struggling in School: Language and Reading Difficulties
Chapter 19. Abdominal Pain in a Child With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Part III: Toughest Cases: Diagnostic and Treatment Dilemmas
Introduction to Toughest Cases
Chapter 20. Frequent Tantrums: Oppositional Behavior in a Young Child
Chapter 21. Toddler With Temper Tantrums: A Careful Assessment of a Dysregulated Preschool Child
Chapter 22. Won’t Leave His Room: Clinical High Risk for Developing Psychosis
Chapter 23. Cutting Helps Me Feel Better: Nonsuicidal Self-Injury
Chapter 24. From Foster Care to the State Hospital: Psychotic Symptoms in a Child Who Is the Victim of Neglect
Part IV: Kids in Crisis: Psychopathology in the Context of Social Stressors
Introduction to Kids in Crisis
Chapter 25. Suicidal Ideation After Supervised Visits With Biological Mom: Depressed Mood in a Child in Foster Care
Chapter 26. The Legacy of War: Irritability and Anger in an Adolescent Refugee
Chapter 27. Moody Child: Depression in the Context of Parental Divorce
Chapter 28. Without My Mom, I’m Not Me: Childhood Bereavement
Chapter 29. Never Met a Stranger: Disinhibited Attachment in a Toddler
Part V: Diagnostic and Treatment Decision Making
Chapter 30. Diagnostic Decision Making
Chapter 31. Research and Clinical Perspectives on Diagnostic and Treatment Decision Making: Whence the Future?
Subject Index
Index of Cases by Diagnosis


Jean Addington, Ph.D.
Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D, A.B.P.P.
L. Eugene Arnold, M.D., M.Ed.
Andrea Auther, Ph.D.
Amna Aziz, M.D.
Susan Bacalman, M.S.W.
Gail A. Bernstein, M.D.
Dave Bhavin, M.D.
Boris Birmaher, M.D.
Bruce Black, M.D.
Caroline Lewczyk Boxmeyer, Ph.D.
Dejan B. Budimirovic, M.D.
Oscar G. Bukstein, M.D., M.P.H.
John V. Campo, M.D. Erica M. Chin, M.D.
Gabrielle A. Carlson, M.D.
Bruce F. Chorpita, Ph.D.
Barbara J. Coffey, M.D., M.S.
Judith A. Cohen, M.D.
Christine A. Conelea, Ph.D.
Daniel F. Connor, M.D.
Cheryl Corcoran, M.D.
Barbara A. Cornblatt, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Christoph U. Correll, M.D.
Kathryn R. Cullen, M.D.
Lisa M. Cullins, M.D.
Whitney Daniels, M.D.
Tara L. Deliberto, Ph.D.
David R. DeMaso, M.D.
Stacy S. Drury, M.D., Ph.D.
Helen Egger, MD
Graham J. Emslie, M.D.
Jeffery N. Epstein, Ph.D.
Christianne Esposito-Smythers, Ph.D.
Sheila Eyberg, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Robert L. Findling, M.D.
Sarah Fischer, Ph.D.
Hannah Frank, B.A.
Mary A. Fristad, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Cathryn A. Galanter, M.D.
Annie A. Garner, Ph.D.
Michael Garrett, M.D.
Mary Kay Gill, R.N., M.S.N., J.D.
Mary Margaret Gleason, M.D.
Danielle Morgan-Goerke, D.O.
Weronika Gondek, M.D.
Daniel A. Gorman, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
Ross W. Greene, Ph.D
Laurence Greenhill, M.D.
Reut Gruber, Ph.D.
Angela S. Guarda M.D.
Schuyler W. Henderson, MD, MPH
Robert L Hendren, D.O.
Scott W. Henggeler, Ph.D.
Stephen P. Hinshaw, Ph.D.
Heide Hullsiek, M.D.
Brian L. Isakson, Ph.D.
Anna Ivanenko, M.D., Ph.D.
Natalie Jacobowski, M.D.
Peter S. Jensen, M.D.
Paramjit T. Joshi, M.D.
Yifrah Kaminer M.D., M.B.A.
Niranjan S. Karnick, M.D., Ph.D.
Niranjan S. Karnik, M.D., Ph.D.
Courtney Pierce Keeton, Ph.D.
Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D.
Clarice J. Kestenbaum, M.D.
Anbreen Khizar, M.D.
Dena A. Klein, M.S.
Rachel G. Klein, Ph.D.
Penelope Knapp M.D.
Sarah Koenig, B.A.
Robert A. Kowatch, MD, Ph.D.
Harvey N. Kranzler M.D.
Joshua M. Langberg, Ph.D.
Christopher M. Layne, Ph.D.
Daniel Le Grange, Ph.D.
Joseph Lee, M.D.
Patricia K. Leebens, M.D.
Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D.
John E. Lochman, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Joan L. Luby, M.D.
Nicole Mahrer, Ph. D.
Heather Makover, M.A.
Anthony P. Mannarino, Ph.D.
John S. March, M.D., M.P.H.
Carla E. Marin, Ph.D.
Cyrus Matthew, M.D.
Steven J. Mazza, M.A.
Jon McClellan, M.D.
Alec L. Miller, Psy.D.
Blair Morris, Ph.D.
Gail Myhr, M.D., C.M.
Roumen Nikolov, M.D.
Matthew K. Nock, Ph.D.
Mani Pavuluri, M.D., PhD.
William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Bradley S. Peterson, M.D.
Cynthia R. Pfeffer, M.D.
John Piacentini, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Nicole Powell, Ph.D, M.P.H.
Melissa Prusky, Sc.B.
Paula K. Rauch, M.D.
M. Jamila Reid, Ph.D.
Mark A. Riddle, M.D.
Paula Riggs M.D.
Leslie R. Rith-Najarian, B.A.
Moira A. Rynn, M. D.
Lawrence Scahill, M.S.N., Ph.D.
Laura Schreibman, Ph.D.
Jess P. Shatkin, M.D.
Wendy K. Silverman, Ph. D., ABPP
Lacramioara Spetie, M.D.
Kevin D. Stark, Ph.D.
Hans Steiner, Dr. med. univ., F.A.P.A., F.A.A.C.A.P., F.A.P.M.
Anna Swan, M.A.
Susan E. Swedo, M.D.
Eva Szigethy, M.D, Ph.D.
Andrea M. Victor, Ph.D.
Karen Dineen Wagner, M.D., Ph.D.
John T. Walkup, M.D.
B. Timothy Walsh, M.D.
Leah A. Wang, B.A.
Bruce Waslick, M.D.
James Waxmonsky, M.D.
Carolyn Webster-Stratton, Ph.D.
Lynn M. Wegner, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Karen C. Wells, Ph.D.
Helen Nelson Willard, M.Ed., CCC- SLP
Jeffrey J. Wilson, M.D.
Nancy C. Winters, M.D.
Merrill S. Wise, M.D.
Sharlene A. Wolchik, Ph.D.
Douglas W. Woods, Ph.D.
Charles H. Zeanah, M.D.
Alison Zisser, Ph.D.

About the Authors

Cathryn A. Galanter, M.D., is Visiting Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program at SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Peter S. Jensen, M.D.
, is Professor and Director of Research for the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas; and President/CEO of The REACH Institute in New York, New York.

DSM-5 Casebook and Treatment Guide for Child Mental Health is a great resource for clinicians
and students of child and adolescent mental health. With 29 cases of varying difficulty, even the most experienced practitioner will find this book valuable. The case-based format is well-done and the consistent organization of each chapter allows for easy navigation and quick reference. The comprehensive discussion of psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological principles provides a unique opportunity to learn how leaders in the field approach realistic clinical scenarios.—Erik Loraas, M.D., Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow, PGY-4 Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, November/December AACAP News, 11/30/2016

With its cased-based format that makes it realistic, this book is a helpful tool for clinicians. It is unique in its focus specifically on child and adolescent psychiatry.—Rekha Bandla, D.O., Doody's Book Review

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