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Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Second Edition

Edited by Mina K. Dulcan, M.D.

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Since publication of the first edition, Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has become the recognized standard in child and adolescent psychiatry textbooks. In this thoroughly revised second edition, the editor and chapter authors, leaders in the field of child and adolescent mental health, have again provided a complete, state-of-the-art textbook with notable updates and improvements that enhance accessibility and learning. The new edition is more concise and compact, while remaining comprehensive in scope. The number of chapters has been reduced to sharpen the book's focus on topics most relevant to clinical work. The textbook reflects the new DSM-5 classifications that all clinicians and trainees must know to function in today's health care environment.

Many other features contribute to the textbook's user-friendly design and broad appeal:

  • Chapters on the disorders (neurodevelopmental, psychiatric, and those affecting somatic function) have a consistent structure of definition and clinical description, diagnosis, epidemiology, comorbidity, etiology and risk factors, prevention, course and prognosis, evaluation, and treatments, making it easy for readers to locate information and facilitating learning.
  • The textbook is useful as both a core textbook for child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training and a reference for a wide variety of health care professionals, including pediatricians, family physicians, general psychiatrists, child neurologists, psychologists, advanced practice nurses, and psychiatric social workers.
  • The full range of psychosocial treatments is included, focusing on individuals, families, therapeutic milieus, and systemic models of care. The increasing emphasis on taking mental health care beyond the clinician's office is reflected in chapters on consultations related to schools and to primary care.
  • A section on specialized topics includes chapters on a range of critically important issues, including evidence-based practice, cultural and religious issues, legal and ethical issues, and telehealth.
  • Each chapter in the book ends with Summary Points, take-away messages that emphasize the most important concepts and promote consolidation of knowledge.
  • The section Additional Resources includes selected books for professionals and web sites for professionals, patients, and families, which provide avenues for further study and connections with others treating or living with mental health issues.

Reflecting both the art and the science of this fascinating field, Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Second Edition, provides authoritative, practical guidance and is a resource that mental health practitioners at all levels of experience should have on their desks and handheld devices.


  • Part I: Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Chapter 1. The process of assessment and diagnosis
  • Chapter 2. Assessing infants and toddlers
  • Chapter 3. Assessing the preschool-age child
  • Chapter 4. Assessing the elementary school–age child
  • Chapter 5. Assessing adolescents
  • Chapter 6. Neurological examination, electroencephalography, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological testing
  • Part II: Neurodevelopmental and Other Psychiatric Disorders
  • Chapter 7. Intellectual disability
  • Chapter 8. Autism spectrum disorders
  • Chapter 9. Neurodevelopmental disorders: specific learning disorder, communication disorders, and motor disorders
  • Chapter 10. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Chapter 11. Oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder
  • Chapter 12. Substance use disorders and addictions
  • Chapter 13. Depressive and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
  • Chapter 14. Bipolar disorder
  • Chapter 15. Anxiety disorders
  • Chapter 16. Posttraumatic stress disorder and persistent complex bereavement disorder
  • Chapter 17. Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Chapter 18. Early onset schizophrenia
  • Part III: Disorders Affecting Somatic Function
  • Chapter 19. Psychiatric aspects of chronic physical disorders
  • Chapter 20. Eating and feeding disorders
  • Chapter 21. Tic disorders
  • Chapter 22. Elimination disorders
  • Chapter 23. Sleep disorders
  • Part IV: Special Topics
  • Chapter 24. Evidence-based practice
  • Chapter 25. Child abuse and neglect
  • Chapter 26. Cultural and religious issues
  • Chapter 27. Youth suicide
  • Chapter 28. Gender dysphoria and nonconformity
  • Chapter 29. Aggression and violence
  • Chapter 30. Psychiatric emergencies
  • Chapter 31. Family transitions: challenges and resilience
  • Chapter 32. Legal and ethical issues
  • Chapter 33. Telemental health
  • Part V: Somatic Treatments
  • Chapter 34. Principles of psychopharmacology
  • Chapter 35. Medications used for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Chapter 36. Antidepressants
  • Chapter 37. Mood stabilizers
  • Chapter 38. Antipsychotic medications
  • Part VI: Psychosocial Treatments
  • Chapter 39. Individual psychotherapy
  • Chapter 40. Parent counseling, psychoeducation, and parent support groups
  • Chapter 41. Behavioral parent training
  • Chapter 42. Family-based assessment and treatment
  • Chapter 43. Interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents
  • Chapter 44. Cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety and depression
  • Chapter 45. Motivational interviewing
  • Chapter 46. Systems of care, wraparound services, and home-based services
  • Chapter 47. Milieu treatment: inpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential programs
  • Part VII: Consultation
  • Chapter 48. School-based interventions
  • Chapter 49. Collaborating with primary care
  • Index


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    Richard Wendel, Ph.D.
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    Tina R. Goldstein, Ph.D.
    Karen Pierce, M.D.
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About the Authors

Mina K. Dulcan, M.D., is Head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

In just a few short years, Dr. Dulcan's editorship has moved this volume to the top rank of child and adolescent psychiatry textbooks. Its breadth and depth can be found throughout this new edition, combining neuroscience and genetic research with clinical essentials for each DSM-5 disorder. Treatment approaches are found within each chapter, with additional in depth extensions for psychopharmacology, family therapy, individual psychotherapy, CPT and IPT.—John F. McDermott M.D., Editor Emeritus, Journal of The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Hawaii School of Medicine

This new textbook is comprehensive, clear, and current. It includes chapters on assessment across childhood, the various psychiatric disorders and approaches to treatment. It rounds those out with special topics including evidence-based practice, cultural and religious issues, legal and ethical issues, and telehealth.—Neal D. Ryan, M.D., Joaquim Puig-Antich Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh

Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a comprehensive reference guide for clinicians who serve pediatric and adolescent patients with psychiatric/mental health issues in primary care. Its overview is broad, giving clinicians a reference point to educate patients and their families and make appropriate referrals for further care.—Barbara Suplit, M.S.N., CPNP, PMHS, Manager, Advanced Practice Nursing and Outpatient Services, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Dr. Dulcan and the chapter authors, who are recognized leaders in their fields of child and adolescent mental health, provide an updated, state-of-the-art, comprehensive, easy to access review of child and adolescent psychiatry. It is a must have, concise guide that all mental health practitioners at all levels of experience should have in their pockets or hand helds for authoritative, practical guidance for reference when they meet with families seeking the best, comprehensive care.—Robert L. Hendren, DO, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

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