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Psychotic disorders can be misunderstood or misdiagnosed by clinicians that deal with children, including clinical social workers, counselors, child psychiatrists, and child psychologists. Many times it is difficult for a mental health professional to determine whether the problematic behaviors exhibited are the result of an altered normal developmental process or the result of a serious mental disorder. This book provides professionals and students with the specific information needed to assess better the exact nature of what is affecting the young patient.

An Overview of Psychotic Disorders
An overview of psychotic disorders

When considering the significant psychological problems and psychiatric conditions that often adversely effect children and adolescents, people generally do not think about psychosis. However, when psychosis does occur in a youth, the symptoms can be extremely distressing to the young person experiencing them. In addition, parents, caretakers, and even professionals often find it quite disturbing to watch a child or teenager actively hallucinate or experience other symptoms of psychosis. For these reasons, when youths do experience psychotic symptoms, it is essential that these patients receive prompt, thorough, and careful assessment and treatment.

However, accurate assessment and intervention early in the course of a psychotic illness often does not occur in young patients. Unfortunately, in many instances, youths ...

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