Embedding categorical constructs in contemporary child mental health approaches

McDermott, Brett M., and Gibbon, Peter (2002) Embedding categorical constructs in contemporary child mental health approaches. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 36 (4). pp. 481-483.

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[Extract] Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a controversial diagnosis. There are several reasons for this, including potential difficulties in acknowledging that children can develop mental health disorders, professional and lay concern over diagnostic criteria and defining boundaries with normal functioning, and concern relating to prescribing psychoactive medication. Nevertheless, Australian research using a representative community sample has enshrined a one year ADHD prevalence of 11% in 6 to 17 year olds, more than three times the rate of either Depressive or Conduct Disorder [1], and a figure dissonant with prescribing rates [2]. We will consider assessment and management from the perspective that ADHD is now out of step with conceptual thinking in the child and adolescent mental health field.

Item ID: 44618
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1440-1614
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 22:22
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920111 Nervous System and Disorders @ 100%
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