In spite of the variations in the rates of prevalence, and depending on the diagnostic criteria used, at least 20% of children and adolescents have been estimated to display some kind of mental disorder and at least half of them undergo a major reduction in their family, social and school function. The studies carried out until now have shown that some psychiatric disorders tend to be more severe when they start in childhood and adolescence, causing greater effects on the everyday life and functioning of the children and teenagers suffering from these.
The Programme for research into Infant Psychiatry and Psychology has helped to increase knowledge on how brain development affects the child’s conduct and how biological factors interact with others from the environment in the development of different disorders. This knowledge has gradually enabled improving pharmacological and psychological treatments and the combination of both. There is still a very long way to go to improve both prevention and treatment and prognosis.
|Main Researcher||Consortium Institution||Regions||Details|
|Celso Arango López||Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón||Madrid||View group|
|Rafael Tabares-Seisdedos||Universidad de Valencia. Facultad de Medicina||C. Valenciana||View group|
|Manuel Desco Menéndez||Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón||Madrid||View group|
|Lourdes Fañanás Saura||Universidad de Barcelona. Facultad de Biología||Cataluña||View group|
|Miguel Bernardo Arroyo||Hospital Clínico y Provincial de Barcelona||Cataluña||View group|
|Josefina Castro Fornieles||Hospital Clínico y Provincial De Barcelona||Cataluña||View group|