Emerging clinical conditions

Abstract

Child and adolescent psychiatry is not a static field. As our knowledge base expands, clinical conditions emerge and gain acceptance or are reconceptualized and disappear (e.g,, homosexuality) with regularity. Some of these "emerging clinical conditions" are discussed here. Based on their length of existence, research base, and a variety of other factors, the disorders listed below have achieved varying degrees of acceptance by the psychiatric community. All, however, have two common features. First, they can be loosely construed as impulse control disorders. Second, little scientific evidence is available about almost all facets of these disorders as they relate to children and adolescents. Emerging disorders considered here include compulsive gambling, binge eating disorder, and internet addiction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)

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