The big thread: COVID-19 infection and adolescent anxiety

Emmanuel de Becker Published in the journal : May 2020 Category : Psychiatrie infanto-juvénile

The current crisis is simultaneously disrupting and stabilizing adults, as well as children and adolescents, or maybe even grieving them. Along with the phenomenon’s scale, opinions of all kinds are multiplying, fueling more the feeling of insecurity and consequent anguish. In addition to the largely relayed physical concerns, our aim has been to draw attention to psychic and relational health, while focusing on the youngest society members. After recalling the notion and concept of anxiety disorder, we have proposed several therapeutic axes.

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Child and youth abuse, let's talk about it!

Maya Drachman, Emmanuel de Becker Published in the journal : January 2020 Category : Psychiatrie infanto-juvénile

Child and youth abuse is a societal as well as medical issue. Over time, its management has changed. As a physician, it is essential to recognize the clinical signs and know how to think and act in case of concern and suspicion. When a child describes acts of abuse, the physician must do everything in his power to provide him with help, while being bound by professional secrecy. The physician can break this secret in case of imminent, serious, and urgent risk endangering the child's life. Nowadays, it is known that child abuse has consequences for the adults of tomorrow and is associated with increased physical and psychological problems.

We propose guidelines for the care of abused children, taking into account the particularity of the Belgian system.

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Specificity of twins’ attachment and influence on their developpment

Marie-Laure Colaiacovo Published in the journal : January 2018 Category : Psychiatrie infanto-juvénile

This study has focused on the specificity of twins’ attachment, along with its impact on their development. To this end, adult twins were invited to revisit the experience of their relationship. When analyzing these testimonies, differences in the process and rhythm of twin empowerment compared to the singular child became apparent. Based on these findings, new practical recommendations pertaining to educating twins can be outlined. One can, thus, challenge the widely held assertion that it is crucial to "untwin" the twins at any price.

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The child and adolescent psychiatry department: 2015 highlights

E. de Becker, N. Chatelle, P. Kinoo, E. Mousset, A. Wintgens Published in the journal : February 2016 Category : Psychiatrie infanto-juvénile

In 2015, the child and adolescent psychiatry department initiated measures aimed to comply with the guidelines that have been produced as part of the mental health care reform initiated by the federal and regional authorities (setting up of networks, of a mobile crisis team, etc.). At the Saint-Luc hospital, three interesting initiatives should be worth mentioning. The SOS-CHILDREN team has opened a space pertaining to the "repair" of the parent-child relationship, for the event of documented child abuse instances requiring the child’s placement. Besides, the KaPP team has proposed a therapeutic strategy designed to deal with parental refusal of medical treatment deemed necessary by healthcare professionals. Lastly, the CRA team has developed a tool for assisting both parents and child after the diagnosis of autism has been made by setting up a social skills training group.”

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