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.

Cultural Influences and Psychosis

Cultural influences and psychosis

There has been little research devoted to the study of cultural influences on the expression of psychosis. This is unfortunate for several reasons. First, an understanding and appreciation of the culture from which a young person and his or her family come can help the clinician during both the assessment and the treatment of a youth in a variety of different ways. For example, in a youngster in whom a psychotic disorder is suspected, cultural influences can affect how psychiatric symptomatology may be expressed. In addition, culture can affect how families communicate and interact with mental health professionals.

An appreciation of the culture from which a youth comes is also important because there are culture-specific syndromes that can present ...

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