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Developmental Disorders

Developmental disorders are a number of psychiatric disorders that start in childhood. Parents and teachers are the first ones to spot these conditions such as  ADHD , autism spectrum disorders , learning disabilities and dyslexia. Many of these conditions respond to special education measures or in the case of autism to a combination approach that DAN physicians supervise.

More details can be found under the various links. The key to treatment of all of these conditions is to diagnose them early, get the precise diagnosis by doing tests that are  helping the specialized paediatrician or psychologist to come up with a specific diagnose of the condition and then to intervene with treatment early.

This way the prognosis is best for all of these conditions.

 Developmental Disorders

Developmental Disorders



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2. Jacobson: Psychiatric Secrets, 2nd ed. Copyright © 2001 Hanley and Belfus Section Seven – DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS IN CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE ; Chapter 55 – AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS

3. The Merck Manual, 18th edition, Merck Research Laboratories, © 2006. Chapter 299: Learning and developmental disorders.

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Last modified: September 25, 2014

This outline is only a teaching aid to patients and should stimulate you to ask the right questions when seeing your doctor. However, the responsibility of treatment stays in the hands of your doctor and you.