Suicide in Children and Adolescents (January/February)

Date of Issue: 01/01/2018 | Volume: 9 | Number: 1

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

This issue examines the current ways suicidal episodes in children and adolescents are managed. It informs clinicians on understanding and assessing suicidal ideation and provides updated resources on working with families dealing with suicidal children. In addition, this issue covers the potential role of lithium in the treatment of suicidal ideation.

In This Issue


Note From the Editor-in-Chief

Suicidal thinking and behavior remains difficult to predict and challenging to address. As a resident in the mid-1980s, I made an annual trek from Naval Hospital San Diego to UCLA, bringing a year of painful experiences to the renowned Dr. Edwin Schneidman.

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Lithium: Practical Considerations for Children With Suicidal Thinking

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Depressive Disorder | Free Articles | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips

This article covers the judicious consideration and use of lithium in children with suicidal thinking and behavior as part of their overall mental health picture. These challenging situations demand that we stay calm and remain receptive to the frustrations of the family, while at the same time addressing the child’s difficulties.

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Expert Q&A

Helping Clinicians Manage Teen Suicide Risk

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Practice Tools and Tips

Historically, psychiatrists did not focus on identifying and treating risk factors for child and adolescent suicidal behavior. But after an increase in youth suicide rates in the 1980s, we started doing more research to get clarity about the issues. For example, we became aware that there were clusters of youth committing suicide—doing so in the same community and during the same time period. We suddenly recognized that hearing about a peer committing suicide would raise the risk for that peer’s close friends.

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Research Update

Evidence Behind Aripiprazole for the Treatment of Tourette’s Disorder

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Psychopharmacology Tips | Research Update

Tourette’s disorder (TD) is a movement disorder emerging during childhood that causes persistent motor and vocal tics. TD is treated with a variety of medications, but often with an off-label designation.

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Research Update

Efficacy and Safety of SSRIs and SNRIs for Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Depressive Disorder | Research Update

Since the 2004 FDA black-box warning on all antidepressants for pediatric use, controversy continues over the use of SSRIs and SNRIs in children and adolescents. Both classes of medication are still commonly used for pediatric depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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CME Post-Test

CME Post-Test - Suicide in Children and Adolescents, CCPR, January/February 2018

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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