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.

Future Directions for Research

Future directions for research

As can be seen from the previous sections of this book, quite a lot is known about the psychotic disorders in children and adolescents. It is also clear that there is much yet to be learned about these conditions in young people. However, it is possible that improved insights into the longitudinal history, neurobiology, and treatment of these illnesses will become available in the near future. Although for many years relatively little research was performed that focused on the pediatric psychoses. Now this area of investigation is being actively considered by several research groups. For this reason, it is not unrealistic to be optimistic that new research will eventually provide clinicians with the ability to give improved care ...

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