May 04, 08
Recommended to Lisa by:
probably Winx Lawrence
mental health professionals who work with any age child
Read in January, 2002
This manual has two really critical things going for it: 1) It recognizes that mental health in very young children is still dynamic, and that young children haven't differentiated enough yet to have a zillion categories. The Axis I options are simple and broad. 2) It recognizes that in very young children, the family is part of the disorder and the disorder is part of the family.
It's still got a categorical focus that is probably unavoidable in a diagnostic system, which is my one big complaint. Kids aren't categorical, they exist on a spectrum.
But ultimately, I'd love a diagnostic system for kids 3-12 that looks more like this and less like the DSM.