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Minerva Pediatrica 2014 Dec 12

language: English

Adolescence: psychopathological discomfort, distress or psychiatric disorder? Clinical experience, description and analysis of a sample

Bove D. 1, Bove R. M. 1, Caccavale S. 1, Bravaccio C. 2, La Montagna M. 3

1 Dipartimento di Salute Mentale e Fisica e Medicina Preventiva, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Napoli, Italia;
2 Dipartimento di Pediatria,Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italia;
3 Dipartimento Universitario di Neuroscienze, Scienze riproduttive e odontostomatologiche, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italia


The aim of this review is to highlight how many psychopathological disorders during adolescence are not easily detectable and interpretable. We investigated the related social, emotional and demographic factors linked to psychopathological distress, measuring the overall functioning of the child / adolescent and the consequent impact on academic and social functioning, and the implications that this entails on the emergence of feelings of discomfort and anxiety, major events adolescent anguish. Many psychopathological disorders are easily detectable and diagnosable in this particular stage of life, but they have the basics in adolescent distress, and they can they can generate a real psychiatric disorder. Thanks to the data emerging from clinical practice, it is necessary signal the need for a global view of the preadolescents and adolescents’ operation, thus we can identify possible subclinical symptoms for onset of mental illness, so implement therapeutic strategies as more targeted and less invasive.

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