Chapter 16. Child Psychiatry

  1. Kate Thomson MBBS, FRACP General Paediatrician3,4,
  2. Dean Tey MBBS Allergy and Immunology Fellow5 and
  3. Michael Marks MBBS, MPH, MD, FRACP Paediatrician Senior Lecturer6,7
  1. Maria McCarthy B. Appl Sci., M. Appl. Sci. Family Therapist1 and
  2. Chidambaram Prakash MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP, Cert. Child Psychiatry (RANZCP)2

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch16

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

McCarthy, M. and Prakash, C. (2009) Child Psychiatry, in Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition (eds K. Thomson, D. Tey and M. Marks), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Developmental Medicine, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  2. 4

    Emergency Department, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  3. 5

    Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 6

    Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  5. 7

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Coordinator, Psycho-Oncology Program, Children's Cancer Centre, Australia

  2. 2

    Integrated Mental Health Program, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174008

Online ISBN: 9781444308051



  • child psychiatry - psychosocial problems;
  • mental health - state of emotional and social well-being;
  • listening and engaging children in emotional and psychological issues;
  • approach to mental health problems;
  • verbal and non-verbal interaction between child, parent and siblings;
  • common childhood problems;
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) - severe forms of childhood anxiety disorders;
  • SSRIs and suicidality;
  • children and adolescents with chronic illnesses as asthma and diabetes;
  • mental health problems in children with wide range of developmental disorders


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Approach to mental health problems

  • Common childhood problems

  • Assessment and management of anxiety and mood disorders

  • Principles of psychotropic medications

  • Psychosomatic problems

  • Mental health problems associated with chronic illness

  • Developmental and family psychiatry

  • Eating disorders

  • Psychosis