Pediatric Psychiatry Pamphlets

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These pamphlets describe the diagnosis and treatment of common child and adolescent psychiatric disorders including ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Conduct disorder, Oppositional Defiant disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette's and Tic Disorders and Learning Disabilities. They are aimed at caregivers/parents in Western Nova Scotia, Canada. They are written by a pediatric psychiatrist, Dr. Jim Chandler.

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Contents -

Note: Some of the links to the reference page do not work. Open up the reference page separately to find the references for now.

Click on the title to go to that pamphlet.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (last update September 30, 2006)

Rating Scale for ADHD (SWAN scale)

Part 1 All about ADHD

Part 2 Medications for ADHD

 Part 3 Non Medical Interventions for ADHD

ADHD articles Reference Page











Executive Functioning Deficits (November 2006)













Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder (last update May 2006)

Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder Reference Page













Suicide (last update 2002)









Depression (last update November 2006)

Depression Article Reference Page





Bipolar Disorder  (last update November 2006)

Bipolar Article Reference Page












Somehow our webpage was corrupted.

From here on click on the article below the one you want until I fix it.

For example, Social Anxiety disorder reference page will get you the article above, Social Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety Disorders

Social Anxiety Disorder (last update October 28, 2004)

Social Anxiety Disorder - Reference Page

Panic Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder and Agoraphobia (last update December 28, 2004)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder(last update December 28, 2004)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Reference Page













Tourette's and Tics (last update January 16, 2005)

Tourette's and Tics - Reference Page













Learning Disabilities and Learning Disorders (last update October 18, 1999)

Learning Disabilities and Learning Disorders - Reference Page













Answers to Common Questions

Question: Can you see my child? (many people have asked if I could see their child if they brought them to Yarmouth)

Answer: if you are referred by your family doctor and the child's permanent address is in Southwest Nova Scotia, I can. I will not see anyone who does not permanently live in Southwest Nova Scotia due to the demand for my services.

Question Can you give me a second opinion on a child if I present the case to you through email?

Answer No, I cannot. That's practicing medicine and I only have a license to practice medicine in Nova Scotia. Besides, that's probably not the best way to approach a child psychiatric problem for second opinion. I think second opinions can be very valuable but probably having someone in your own culture and area do it is going to be much more worthwhile. However, if you live in Southwest Nova Scotia, contact your family doctor and I'd be glad to see the patient.













Question How can I find a competent pediatric psychiatrist to evaluate my child?

Answer This depends on what country you live in and whether you live in a rural or urban area. The best place to start is usually a family doctor or a friend or neighbor who may have a child with similar problems. If those don't pan out, I think the next thing is to call the closest University that has a child psychiatry department and they may know someone closer to you or themselves that could do an assessment. In rural areas, this can be awfully difficult. It usually means going on a big car trip. It also requires a lot of persistence. In my experience, usually it takes 2-3 assessments to finally get things sorted out. I would not be discouraged if you see someone first who doesn't sound like they know what they're doing. I would keep persisting until you're sure because getting a proper diagnosis is the first and most important thing.













Question Can you send me a copy of these pamphlets?

Answer No, I cannot. There is no physical copy and that's why we have them on the Website so we can update them frequently.













Sources for Pamphlets

The information in these pamphlets comes from three areas:

1.     Textbooks I have used the 1996 edition of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD

2.     Journals - Most of the recent information for the pamphlets comes from MEDLINE searches and my review of important journals in the field. To comply with the December 1997 Canadian Medical Association Web Site guidelines, these were referenced starting in January of 1998.

3.     Clinical experience - All of the case histories, examples, and descriptions are from my personal experience. The case histories are a compilation of many patients, not a description of any one person.

You can e mail me other questions at my e mail address. To confuse the spamers,

The first word is jchandler. Then the at symbol. Then the word "eastlink", but not in quotes. Lastly, put ".ca ", but not in quotes.













About the Author-

Dr. Jim Chandler is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1983. He then moved to Iowa City, Iowa for a residency in psychiatry that finished in 1987. After a year as an instructor at the University of Iowa he moved to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Since then he has practiced pediatric and adult psychiatry, with an emphasis on pediatric psychiatry.
He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He also has his board certification in psychiatry under the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. He is an Associate member of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is also a member of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
These pamphlets grew out of a need for accurate, unbiased information on common Pediatric psychiatric disorders. They are also meant to address the specific culture of western Nova Scotia, a predominantly rural, resource based area in eastern Canada.