Priority mental health disorders of children and adolescents in primary-care pediatric settings in India 3: psychotherapy and other non-pharmacological interventions

Indian J Pediatr. 2012 Jan:79 Suppl 1:S33-8. doi: 10.1007/s12098-011-0428-7. Epub 2011 May 27.


The pediatrician is a primary column of support for children and adolescents with a myriad of mental health problems in low-mental health care resource countries like India. While majority of mental health consultations happen in primary-care, and only 10% are referred successfully for specialised help, there is a clear role for pediatrician psychotherapists in primary care. The primary-care pediatricians should be aware of the indications for psychotherapy, the various approaches that could be used in primary-care settings, the structure and the process of the psychotherapeutic technique involved, the suggested specific techniques for the Priority Mental Health Disorders and the evidence available to support their use as well as the developmental modifications that are required based on the cognitive development of the child or adolescent.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services
  • Child
  • Child Health Services
  • Humans
  • India
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Mental Health
  • Mental Health Services*
  • Pediatrics / methods*
  • Primary Health Care / methods*
  • Psychotherapy / methods*