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Journal of the Korean Medical Association 2009;52(8):745-757.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2009.52.8.745   
Mental Disorders in Adolescents
Dong Hyun Ahn
Department of Psychiatry, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Korea. ahndh@hanyang.ac.kr
In spite of misconception and/or neglect concerning mental disorders of adolescence, increasing attention to adolescents' mental health problems arises from a number of sources. A perspective from developmental psychopathology provides a conceptual tool for understanding the range of processes and mechanism underlying how and why psychopathology in adolescents emerges. This will enable primary physicians to diagnose and/or provide treatments to adolescents with mental health problems in clinical practice. More information about mental disorders in adolescents will be needed for primary physicians in the future. Adolescents' mental disorders are significant societal problem. Physicians should perform a leadership in multidisciplinary approach for diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in adolescents.
Key Words: Adolescent, Mental disorder, Diagnosis, Treatment


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