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.
KeywordsAnxiety 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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