Adolescent Mental Health Disorders
The occurrence of mental health disorders in adolescents is common with lifetime prevalence of any disorder being 46.3 % among 13–18 year olds. The most frequent diagnoses are ADHD followed by depression and other mood disorders. Pediatricians are often the “front line” for screening, diagnosing, and managing many of these adolescents. This chapter will review evaluation and management strategies of the three most common mental health disorders seen in adolescents in primary care. Appropriate treatment strategies of these disorders in primary care and criteria for referral to specialized mental health care treatment will also be discussed.
KeywordsADHD Depression Anxiety Evaluation and management Primary care Medication treatment
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