Adolescents (November/December)

Date of Issue: 11/01/2017 | Volume: 8 | Number: 8

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

This issue focuses exclusively on the adolescent population and includes topical coverage ranging from medication compliance and management to effective motivational interviewing. In addition, the nature of risk-taking behavior specific to this age range is explored so that clinicians can work more effectively with both adolescents and their parents.

In This Issue


Tips on Managing Medications With Adolescents

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Practice Tools and Tips

Discussing medications with adolescents can be challenging. Because there is so much variation in family structure and the problems that kids and families face, it’s important to maintain some flexibility in how clinicians evaluate adolescents.

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Expert Q&A

Understanding Risk-Taking in Adolescents

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychotherapy

In this interview, Dr. Shatkin talks about how the adolescent brain works, and how we can use this understanding to work more effectively in our practices with both adolescents and their parents. There’s a misconception that dopamine equates to pleasure. It’s not pleasure; it’s the promise of pleasure. Dopamine is the idea that something great might happen. And so high dopamine levels drive kids into high-risk situations with high amounts of potential pleasure. This is aggravated by the fact that the frontal cortical areas are not well myelinated yet and not well connected to the limbic system. So, when kids are younger, they have less control over those impulsive drives.

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Research Update

Does Guanfacine Affect Tic Severity in Children With Chronic Tic Disorders?

Topics: OCD | Research Updates

Tic disorders, including Tourette’s, often co-occur with ADHD, OCD, and anxiety disorders. Guanfacine is often tried for all of these conditions. Randomized placebo-controlled trials of immediate release guanfacine have been mixed, with one showing 31% improvement in tics but another showing no significant improvement.

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Research Update

Does Methylphenidate Use in Children and Young Adults Increase Risk of Suicide?

Topics: ADHD | Child Psychiatry | Research Updates

Some studies have indicated that patients with ADHD may be at an increased risk of suicide. While these studies have shown associations between methylphenidate use and suicide, it is not clear whether the stimulant actually causes suicidality or whether patients taking stimulants are suicidal for other reasons.

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CME Post-Test

CME Post-Test - Adolescents, CCPR, November/December 2017

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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