Contributions in the first section cover neurobiological foundations, theoretical models from cognitive neuropsychology and behavioral inhibition, the role of social psychological factors in the maintenance of anxiety in children, and developmental epidemiology. The second section focuses on the latest refinements in classification of childhood-onset anxiety disorders.
This book, a check up for the brain, is designed to help the vast group of individuals who could function much better if they had some guidelines on how to cope with a brain that doesn’t work quite right.
Through case studies, scientific data, and information about children’s development and brain chemistry, Koplewicz helps parents understand the obstacles their brain-disordered children face. A practicing psychiatrist, he also suggests means, including therapy and medication, by which families may lessen the difficulties posed by those disorders. He devotes the final section of the book to considerations of the nature and treatment of problems including, besides those noted above, depression, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder, and autism. Presented with compassion but in no-nonsense style, his effort offers a wealth of scientific information in a format easily accessible to parents, extended families, and friends of “difficult” children.