Michael Fitzgerald

Trinity College

Professor Michael Fitzgerald was the first Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Ireland (Retired). Specialising in autism spectrum disorders, he has diagnosed over 5000 patients. He has a large number of peer-reviewed publications and has written, co-written, and co-edited 34 books with Japanese, Dutch, and Polish translations. Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the University of Cambridge described one of his books on autism as 'the best book on autism” and described him as an 'exceptional scholar.” He has lectured extensively throughout the world, including the Royal Society/British Academy and the British Library in London. He was the overall winner of the 'Excellence in Psychiatry” Award 2017 and was nominated as one of the top four psychiatrists by Hospital Professional News Ireland—Top 100 Professionals in Ireland 2017.

3books edited

2chapters authored

Latest work with IntechOpen by Michael Fitzgerald

Nowadays, neurodevelopmental disorders comprise a large proportion of mental health diagnoses. These disorders, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, include intellectual disabilities, communication disorders, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, specific learning disorders, and motor disorders. Current research is pointing in the direction of schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and other disorders being included in the category of neurodevelopmental disorders as well. There is a great deal of overlap among these disorders and they are best understood in a dimensional fashion. This book sets out the future of psychiatry in relation to these disorders and what is basically a new understanding of psychiatry in recent decades. Chapters cover topics such as early recognition of schizophrenia, epilepsy, and the genetics of ataxia telangiectasia. Also included is an examination of the complex issue of systems biology and neurodevelopment.

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