Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Mohamed Hamdy Ataalla


Without support, developmental tasks can be demanding for the growing child and adolescent. While certain behaviors and emotional reactions can be developmentally normal, other behaviors may point to a psychiatric condition that requires attention and needs to be addressed with appropriate interventions. The focus of this chapter is to provide the pediatrician with a basic understanding of common presentations related to mental health in children and adolescents.


Anxiety disorders Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) Aggression Breath-holding spells Oppositional defiant disorder Conduct disorder Mood and affect/Bipolar disorders Sleep medicine Sexual behaviors Thumb-sucking Enuresis and encopresis Autistic disorders Sensory overresponsivity Psychosomatic disorders Childhood schizophrenia Learning/intellectual disabilities Substance use disorders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohamed Hamdy Ataalla
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  1. 1.Department of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterEl PasoUSA

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