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ERIC Number: EJ896863
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0973-1342
Some Observations on Nosology of Externalizing Disorders
Sitholey, Prabhat
Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, v3 n3 p80-82 2007
The main purpose of psychiatric classifications should ultimately be of help in management of patients. Classifications do this indirectly. They help a clinician to think about a child's mental and behavioral problems, and accurately diagnose, and classify them. This in turn helps the clinician to communicate with other professionals, and devise a management plan for the child. Also, classifications help the clinician to think about other psychiatric disorders and research them in relation to the child's problems and also, in general. All classifications are tentative. With advances in knowledge about etiology, clinical picture, treatment, course and outcome, the classifications undergo modifications and evolve. Another criterion for evolution of classification is their applicability and usefulness in clinical contexts for which they are devised. The above review by Sengupta and Shivalkar critically analyses the existing knowledge about externalizing disorders (ED): attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder/hyperkinetic disorder (ADHD/HD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD) with the specific aim to suggest changes in ICD-10 for the next revision. This commentary looks at the suggested changes and their usefulness with regard to management of ED and makes some observations as regards their nosology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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