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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Essential book helps parents and professionals understand ‘The Young Mind’

Embargoed until 05 October 2009

Is a young child’s unruly behaviour a sign of hyperactivity?

Is a teenager’s moodiness a symptom of dangerous depression?

The Young Mind is a fascinating and timely new book from by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, focusing on all aspects of children’s emotional, behavioural and psychological development.

Today, millions of children and young adults are affected by mental health problems. And with statistics highlighting a doubling in the number of sufferers in just one generation, the need for expert guidance has never been more essential.

The Young Mind is a compilation of invaluable advice from some of the most distinguished and respected professionals in the field of child and adolescent mental health. Comprehensive and accessible, the book is divided up into five parts covering topics such as child and adolescent development, school, emotional health and social problems. It provides information on:

  • Abuse, neglect and domestic violence
  • Drugs alcohol and other addictions
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Anxiety, stress and eating disorders
  • Delinquency and problem behaviours

The Young Mind includes a foreword written by child psychologist, broadcaster, journalist and author Professor Tanya Byron.

Professor Byron said: “Growing up in today’s society is tough and competitive. There are times in all children’s lives when they need understanding, support and advice. But all too often adults feel powerless, and may be unsure about what to do and when to do it.

“This valuable book discusses the emotional difficulties that children and adolescents go through at different stages of their lives in a straightforward and open way. I am confident that this family handbook will be essential reading at many different stages in your life.”

The Young Mind is edited by child and adolescent psychiatrists Professor Sue Bailey and Dr Mike Shooter. Dr Shooter said: “Hardly a week seems to pass without reports of the emotional struggles our children, adolescents and young people are going through. So how are parents and professionals to understand the behaviour, mood swings and social patterns of the young people in their care? This book begins with what lies at the centre of it - the stages of child and adolescent development that are the foundations on which life is built. It discusses the sort of symptom clusters that may result from things going wrong, the packages of help that might be available and how to gain access to them.”

Dr Shooter added: “With World Mental Health Day on 10 October, there is no better time to address the issue of developing young minds.”

For further information, please contact:
Sarah Nevins
Press & Social Media Officer
Telephone: 020 3701 2543
Claire McLoughlin
Media & Communications Manager 
Telephone: 020 3701 2544
Out of hours contact number: 07860 755896


Note to editors:

The Young Mind has 30 contributing authors, who are available for interview or discussion on their specialist area of child and adolescent mental health. The Young Mind is published by Bantam Press, in collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, priced £14.99. Order direct from the Royal College of Psychiatrists for a discount price of £11.99


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