Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Usually my library visits are planned out in advance–I have books on hold that I wait weeks for. But, I always like to peruse the new releases section before I go. I never know what I’ll find! Most of the time, I don’t pick anything up, but sometimes something will catch my eye.

A few weeks ago, a shiny new volume was propped up on the nonfiction shelf:  Child & Adolescent Mental Health by Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH. I flipped through it a bit, but put it back. It was out of my league–written for real brain doctors, people who actually study the DSM on a regular basis–not amateurs like me. I already had a full load of books, so I walked away.

My curiosity got the better of me though, and I went home and added it to my next request list. I couldn’t resist it.

I was right–most of this “practical, all-in-one guide” is over my head. I skimmed over the epidemiology and treatment sections as they were all Greek to me. However, I found the rest to be extremely informative and interesting. I learned quite a lot about mental health in young people that I did not know before.

I’m not going to give this one an actual numeral rating, because this isn’t much of a real review. I’m far from qualified to provide a true opinion on it. But, in the end, I’m glad I picked this up. It’ll help going forward in future research and reading. Even if I never do anything actually productive with this knowledge except write this blog, I still love learning as much as I can.


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