Developmental Neuropsychiatry

ISBN : 9780198827801

Eric Taylor
416 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Apr 2021
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Several alterations of brain function cause common mental problems in young people. ADHD, autism, tic disorders, learning difficulties, intellectual disability, and the psychotic disorders of young people are conventionally classified and described as discrete neuropsychiatric problems. Research, however, has made it clear that they are complex, variable, dimensional, overlapping, and that they frequently coexist and share aetiological influences. Developmental Neuropsychiatry explores how clinicians often find themselves confronted with complex problems of diagnosis and treatment. Existing texts and guidelines, however, continue to be organized around simple conceptualization of illness categories. The book provides unified accounts of the complex psychiatric, psychological, neurological, medical, social, and educational issues that are relevant to clinical understanding.


1 Scope and principles of neuropsychiatry in the young
2 Development and pathology of key functions
3 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
4 Autism Spectrum Disorders and Early Onset Psychoses
5 Tourette and learning impairments
6 Psychiatric consequences of brain syndromes
7 Genetic and environmental influences on early development
8 Psychological interventions
9 Drug treatments
10 From altered function to restriction of life

About the author: 

Professor Eric Taylor is Emeritus Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at King's College London. He trained in psychology at the University of Cambridge, subsequently pursuing medicine, neurology and neuropsychiatry at the Middlesex Hospital and then specializing in psychiatry of young people at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals. During a long career, he has worked variously as a clinician, researcher, teacher, and departmental chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London and the Maudsley Hospital; and for the Medical Research Council.

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