In: Recent Advances in Clinical Psychiatry 1985; 5:161-178
With thanks to Elsevier for their support for this project and for giving permission to reproduce this chapter.
Reprinted from Recent Advances in Clinical Psychiatry Volume 5, K. Granville-Grossman (ed.), "Drugs in Child Psychiatry", C.A.Kaplan and I. Kolvin and I.Goodyer pp.161-178, (©Churchill Livingstone, 1985).
The principles of psychopharmacology in adults and children are fundamentally the same. Nevertheless there are important variations and even differences between them in terms of phenomenology, biology, psychology and social context. These factors justify a subdivision into adult and paediatric psychopharmacology.