Editorial: Should child and adolescent mental health professionals be diagnosing personality disorder in adolescence?
Rachel Elvins & Michael Kaess
Diagnosing personality disorders in adolescence remains a contentious issue, particularly in the United Kingdom (UK). In this debate section we hear from clinicians, service users and family members on this topic; strongly held views are expressed and evidenced.
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Dr. Rachel Elvins is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital & Salford CAMHS. She is an Associate Editor of CAMH, responsible for the Debates section.
Michael Kaess is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Bern as well as the Director of the University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Bern in Switzerland. Professor Kaess is a Joint Editor of CAMH.
Professor Michael Kaess is an expert in the field of risk-taking and self-harm behavior among adolescents as well as the development of borderline personality disorder. Other research interests are psychosis, internet addiction, and affective disorders. He has a strong focus on early detection and intervention (including prevention) during adolescence, and is an expert on dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents (DBT-A). In his research, he aims to combine this expertise in neurobiological (i.e. neurobiology of emotion regulation and stress response) and intervention (randomized controlled trials; psychotherapy process research; prediction of treatment outcome) research to gain translational knowledge on mental disorders among youth.
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