These pamphlets describe the diagnosis and treatment of common child and adolescent psychiatric disorders
including ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Conduct disorder, Oppositional Defiant disorder, Depression, Bipolar
Disorder, Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette's and Tic Disorders and Learning Disabilities.
They are aimed at caregivers/parents in Western
Nova Scotia, Canada. They are written by a pediatric
psychiatrist, Dr. Jim Chandler
Table of Contents for Pediatric Psychiatry Pamphlets
To go to Dr. Chandler's office click on the door. (Questionnaires, Rating Scales, referring)
Talks given by Dr. Chandler to the public
Talks by Dr. Chandler for GPs
Answers to Common Questions
Question: Can you see my child? (many people
have asked if I could see their child if they brought them to Yarmouth)
Answer: if you are referred by your family doctor and the child's permanent address is in Southwest Nova Scotia,
I can. I will not see anyone who does not permanently live in Southwest Nova Scotia due to the demand for my services.
Question: Can you give me a second opinion on a child if I present the case to you through
Answer: No, I cannot. That's practicing medicine and I only have a license to practice medicine
in Nova Scotia. Besides, that's probably not the best way to approach a child psychiatric problem for second opinion. I think
second opinions can be very valuable but probably having someone in your own culture and area do it is going to be much more
worthwhile. However, if you live in Southwest Nova Scotia, contact your family doctor and I'd be glad to see the patient.
Question: How can I find a competent pediatric psychiatrist to evaluate my child?
This depends on what country you live in and whether you live in a rural or urban area. The best place to start is usually
a family doctor or a friend or neighbor who may have a child with similar problems. If those don't pan out, I think the next
thing is to call the closest University that has a child psychiatry department and they may know someone closer to you or
themselves that could do an assessment. In rural areas, this can be awfully difficult. It usually means going on a big car
trip. It also requires a lot of persistence. In my experience, usually it takes 2-3 assessments to finally get things sorted
out. I would not be discouraged if you see someone first who doesn't sound like they know what they're doing. I would keep
persisting until you're sure because getting a proper diagnosis is the first and most important thing.
Can you send me a copy of these pamphlets?
Answer: No, I cannot. There is no physical copy and that's
why we have them on the Website so we can update them frequently.
Sources for Pamphlets
The information in these pamphlets comes from three areas:
1. Textbooks I have used the 1996 edition of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Williams
& Wilkins, Baltimore, MD
2. Journals - Most of the recent information for the pamphlets comes from MEDLINE
searches and my review of important journals in the field. To comply with the December 1997 Canadian Medical Association Web
Site guidelines, these were referenced starting in January of 1998.
3. Clinical experience - All of the case histories, examples, and descriptions are
from my personal experience. The case histories are a compilation of many patients, not a description of any one person.
You can e-mail me other questions at my e-mail address. To confuse the spamers,
The first word is jchandler.
Then the at symbol. Then the word "eastlink", but not in quotes. Lastly, put ".ca ", but not in quotes.
About the Author-
Dr. Jim Chandler is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1983. He then moved to Iowa City, Iowa for a residency in
psychiatry that finished in 1987. After a year as an instructor at the University of Iowa he moved to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Since then he has practiced pediatric and adult psychiatry, with an emphasis on pediatric psychiatry.
He is a fellow of
the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He also has his board certification in psychiatry under the American
Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. He is an Associate member of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He
is also a member of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
These pamphlets grew out of a need for accurate, unbiased information
on common Pediatric psychiatric disorders. They are also meant to address the specific culture of western Nova Scotia, a predominantly
rural, resource based area in eastern Canada.