Trauma in Children and Adolescents (March/April)

Date of Issue: 03/01/2019 | Volume: 10 | Number: 2&3

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

This double issue was long in the making. We contacted a number of experts in the world of trauma, from Jeff Max on traumatic brain injury to Suzan Song on helping refugees. We also spoke with Stuart Shanker about what we could learn from his experience in developing mass education on self-regulation in children.

In This Issue

Editor’s Note

Note From the Editor-in-Chief

This double issue was long in the making. We contacted a number of experts in the world of trauma, from Jeff Max on traumatic brain injury to Suzan Song on helping refugees. We also spoke with Stuart Shanker about what we could learn from his experience in developing mass education on self-regulation in children. And as promised, we have responded to the recent reports of increased mortality in children taking “higher” doses of antipsychotic medications.

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Article

Evaluating the Mortality Risks of Antipsychotics in Children and Youths

Topics: Antipsychotics | Psychopharmacology | Schizophrenia

There are reports of increased mortality from antipsychotics in older adults. Now, we have a paper showing increased mortality in children, adolescents, and young adults aged 5–24 years. Given the frequent use, both on- and off-label, of antipsychotics, does this change how we use them? And if so, how?

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Expert Q&A

Practicalities of Providing Volunteer Services for Youth Refugees or Asylum Seekers

Topics: Family Separation | Trauma

We hear of many children and adolescents who are refugees, most seeking asylum. There are calls for professionals to meet the needs of these people. How hard is it to do this—to take time off from regular practice to work in a different setting? It’s easier than you might think.

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Article

Psychiatric Aspects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Adolescents

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Trauma

Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) accounts for about 90% of all TBI cases in children and adolescents, or about 180 out of every 100,000 cases in the US. With 2 million cases between 2005 and 2009, we are seeing many patients who have TBI as part of their history. How does it affect them?

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Expert Q&A

Building Self-Regulation in Children

Topics: Anxiety | Child Psychiatry | Self-Regulation

“Self-regulation” has become a buzz phrase to help children manage stress, become resilient, and stave off depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. To gain a better understanding of this concept, we interviewed Stuart Shanker, PhD, founder and CEO of the MEHRIT Centre (https://self-reg.ca). Dr. Shanker sets up self-regulation programs in school districts across Canada.

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Research Update

Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria in Adolescents and Young Adults

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Gender Dysphoria | Research Update

Rapid-onset gender dysphoria (ROGD) is a newly coined but non-standardized characterization of gender dysphoria (GD). In this conceptualization, GD begins abruptly during or after puberty in adolescents or young adults (AYAs) with no prior symptoms of GD.

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Research Update

How Helpful Is Computerized Testing for ADHD?

Topics: ADHD | Child Psychiatry | Research Update | Technology

With busy clinic schedules and the ever-burgeoning load of documentation, computerized diagnostic aids are in more demand than ever. For ADHD, the gold standard is still a clinical assessment with information from parents and teachers, but those reports are difficult to obtain and time-consuming to go through. In these situations, computerized testing may help boost clinical decision-making.

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Research Update

Would Treating Kids With ADHD Help Their Mothers?

Topics: ADHD | Child Psychiatry | Research Update | Working With Families

Parenting a child with ADHD can be challenging. Parents often report feeling stressed, burned out, or depressed while caring for their children with ADHD. When ADHD medications lead to significant improvements in a child’s behavior, can that alleviate symptoms in parents? A recently published study tried to examine that.

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Research Update

Is Watching ‘13 Reasons Why’ Bad for Teens?

Topics: Research Update

13 Reasons Why, a popular Netflix series, stirred controversy when it portrayed the bullying and suicide of a teenager. Although the program increased awareness of these issues, some clinicians argued that it glamorized suicide and would be detrimental to vulnerable viewers.

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CME Post-Test

CME Post-Test - Trauma in Children and Adolescents, CCPR, March/April 2019

Topics: CME Post-Test

The post-test for this issue is available for one year after the publication date to subscribers only. By successfully completing the test you will be awarded a certificate for 2 CME credits.

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