Mental Health Care of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Primary Care Clinicians

Mental Health Care of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Primary Care Clinicians
1st Ed.
2018 © American Academy of Pediatrics
Jane Meschan Foy, MD, FAAP
ISBN-13: 978-1-61002-150-0
eISBN-13: 978-1-61002-151-7
Pediatrics, Primary Care, Psychiatry


Effectively treat and manage children’s mental health care issues!

With 1 in 7 children and 1 in 5 young adults diagnosed with mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders, clinical competence in child development and behavioral and mental health is key to the success of every pediatric health care encounter. This innovative new resource provides vital guidance for integrating mental health care into your everyday primary care practice. Learn from leading experts the latest information on enhancements to the medical home and on the care of children and adolescents with mental health symptoms that do not rise to the threshold for a diagnosis, as well as those that do.

Topics include:

  • • Assessing and monitoring children’s mental health in primary care
  • • Triage for psychiatric emergencies
  • • Techniques for engaging patients and families resistant to mental health care or behavior change
  • • Care of children with common mental health signs and symptoms
  • • Use of psychotropic medications in primary care
  • • Assessment and care of children with unexplained medical symptoms
  • • Addressing nonadherence to medical treatment
  • • Adapting psychosocial interventions to primary care
  • • Transitioning adolescents with mental health conditions to adult care
  • • And more…

Doody's Reviews

Score: 89/100
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"This is a broad and comprehensive resource for office-based pediatricians looking to expand mental health offerings. The book includes excellent resources for diagnosis, treatment, and patient education. In my opinion, every pediatric office should have at least one copy of this book available to clinicians."

-- Ann Giese, MD (PediaTrust) Doody's Review


The target audience is practicing pediatricians who are looking to expand into office mental healthcare. However, the book also could serve as a reference for family practice physicians, pediatric residents, and medical students with an interest in primary care. The tables in the book are very helpful to anyone looking to expand their diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues in children. The author uses solid references to AAP guidelines, DSM-5, and strong evidence to back recommendations for office-based approaches to common pediatric mental health conditions.

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