European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry Journal
"Across Europe, there is increased awareness of the frequency and importance of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which is now recognised not only as a childhood disorder but as a heterogeneous, neurodevelopmental condition that persists throughout life. Services for individuals with autism and their families vary widely, but in most European countries, provision is limited"
"Models of care have focused either on younger children or older adults, and young people have been forced to fit into these traditional models or more commonly are excluded or do not engage. Reform is overdue and is now gaining momentum in many parts of the world".
In the editorial by Waltereit et al. they step back in time to discuss the term ‘adolescence crisis’ in psychiatry. They speak of its origins and use in developmental psychiatry and offer theories on why its use in child and adolescent psychiatry practice is dwindling today. They explain that there’s always a fine line between identifying and classifying symptoms of emerging psychiatric disorders and typical adolescence. And bring in the concept that more emphasis is needed on psychosocial functioning instead of a predefined focus on emerging psychiatric disorders.
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The European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) is a not-for-profit association whose purpose is to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children, adolescents and their families. As well as to improve the quality of their lives and to ensure children’s right for support to healthy mental development and for appropriate preventive and therapeutic mental health services and interventions.