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.

Evaluation of Psychotic Symptoms and Antipsychotic Side Effects

Evaluation of psychotic symptoms and antipsychotic side effects

The proper detection and diagnosis of psychotic symptomatology among children and adolescents can be challenging for clinicians. As noted previously, this is due to a variety of reasons. First, there are numerous symptoms of psychosis. These include hallucinations, delusions, thought disorder, inappropriate affect, and catatonia. Therefore, to ascertain appropriately whether or not a psychotic disorder is present or absent, all of these symptoms need to be carefully considered as part of the assessment process. In addition, even if a symptom of psychosis is present, the differential diagnosis of each symptom of psychosis is extensive. For this reason, it is often difficult to decide whether or not a symptom that could ...

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