Child Psychiatry

I. Kolvin and I. Goodyer

In: Recent Advances in Clinical Psychiatry 1982; 4:1-24

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Reprinted from Recent Advances in Clinical Psychiatry Volume 4, K. Granville-Grossman (ed.), "Child Psychiatry", I. Kolvin and I.Goodyer pp.1-24, (©Churchill Livingstone, 1982).


Recent clinical research has re-examined various aspects of a wide variety of clinical syndromes. This seems a timely opportunity to review some of this work. In this chapter we tackle three of these themes - hyperactivity, both because it is so topical and because UK and US concepts are beginning to converge; childhood hysteria, which has been relatively neglected, perhaps because clinical diagnoses have tended not to stand up to objective scrutiny; and, finally, the non-psychotic syndromes of social isolation and withdrawal in childhood and adolescence, for we now have a better idea of their boundaries, clinical features, aetiology and prognosis.

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