March 21, 2006
CONTACT: Kate Olderman
(Philadelphia, PA) - According to the National Institute of Mental Health, at least one in ten children in the U.S. suffer from a mental disorder severe enough to cause some level of impairment. To address this major public health issue, Dwight L. Evans, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and colleagues from across the country assessed the state of scientific research on the prevalent mental disorders with onset between the ages of 10 and 22. Their collective findings were published in the award-winning book, Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders, a project of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The book received the 2005 Best Book in Clinical Medicine Award from the American Association of Publishers.
“We know that the majority of mental disorders begin during adolescence
and continue into adulthood,” said Evans. “With the significant
long-term impairment that can result from these mental disorders, early
diagnosis, treatment, and prevention is critical to help adolescents achieve
their full potential through adolescence and adulthood.”
Each section thoroughly defines each disorder, assesses available treatments,
discusses prevention strategies, and suggests a research agenda based
on current knowledge of the conditions.
The second phase of the Initiative’s effort consists of a series
of books developed for parents of adolescents with mental health disorders.
These four books focus on depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders,
schizophrenia, and eating disorders. The books include information on
warning signs, getting a diagnosis, treatments, coping mechanisms for
home and school, prevention strategies, and advice from parents. The third
phase consists of a series of books written for adolescent readers by
individuals who have suffered from mental health disorders during adolescence.
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