Author: Chairperson, Ludwik Szymanski, M.D. -Director of Psychiatry, Institute for Community Inclusion; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachussetts, USA; Chrissoula Stavrakaki, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), Director Dual Diagnosis, Child and Family Psychiatric Unit, Ottawa General Hospital, Canada; Anton Dosen, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Treatment, Nieuw Spraeland, Oostrum, and Catholic University, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
This plenary session on Mental Health Issues in Children with Developmental Disabilities will focus on issues and directions in provision of mental health services for children with developmental disabilities. The first presentation will review the recent developments in diagnostic classification (DSM IV), diagnostic assessment, education and treatment of child-ren with pervasive developmental disorders. Data on 184 children seen in an interdisciplinary Center for Autism and Related Disorders will be presented. The second presentation will discuss findings of a study of anxiety disorders in children with mental retardation. Among children seen in a specialized dual diagnosis clinic, anxiety was found in 61%. Issues related to the specificity of this diagnosis and predisposing factors will be discussed. The last presentation will discuss the role of inpatient treatment for persons with dual diagnosis. A specialized program in the Netherlands, integrating psychiatric treatment will be presented.