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