Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

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Given the rapidly changing advances in the biological treatment of children and adolescents and the number of recent works devoted to this area, a book on pediatric psychopharmacology, to be worth purchasing or reading, must offer clinical insights into treatment options, detail adverse effects of medication or medication classes of clinical importance, provide a solid base for understanding the nuances related to the prescribing and monitoring of psychotropic medications, and integrate the material such that it will not be soon outdated. The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology does this in a succinct and easily read manner and accomplishes its stated task of providing practical, updated, evidence-based information on the best use of psychotropics to clinicians caring for youngsters with psychiatric illness. Acknowledging the controversial nature of medication prescribed to manage childhood emotional and behavioral disturbances, it describes features of various disorders but inconsistently considers psychosocial interventions that may be appropriate for particular disorders or symptom complexes.

J Clin Psychiatry 2008;69(5):869