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.

Disorders with Psychotic Symptomatology

Disorders with psychotic symptomatology

Substance Induced Psychotic Disorder

The prevalence of substance abuse among children and adolescents is alarmingly high. Recent statistics report that by age 13, approximately one third of boys and one fourth of girls have tried alcohol. By the age of 18, most teenagers have used alcohol, and approximately 4% report using alcohol daily. In addition, the use of drugs such as marijuana is quite prevalent among adolescents with reports indicating that about 40% of high school seniors have tried the drug, and about 2% use marijuana daily. According to the DSM-IV, there are several substances that can lead to disorders associated with abuse. Other than caffeine and nicotine, these include alcohol, amphetamines, cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, opioids, phencyclidine, and sedative/hypnotics. ...

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