Child Psychiatry

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Black Box Redux: SSRIs and Risk of Suicide

Topics: Antidepressants | Child Psychiatry

It has been eight years since child psychiatry first began to deal with controversy about SSRIs and their potential to prompt suicidal behavior in youth. The controversy was prevalent in the popular press from the time of the introduction of SSRIs, leading the FDA to state in 1991 that “there is no credible evidence of a causal link between the use of

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Risk Factors for Suicide

Topics: Child Psychiatry

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Research Update

Restricted Diet for ADHD?

Topics: ADHD | Child Psychiatry | Research Updates

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The Pharmacological Treatment of Sleep Disorders in Children: An Overview

Topics: Child Psychiatry

Childhood sleep problems are common, and most practitioners wind up prescribing or recommending something for sleep for a significant portion of their patients. Impaired or insufficient sleep can account for many of the symptoms of childhood depression (low mood, irritability, low energy), as well as many of the symptoms of ADHD (inability to focus, day

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Insomnia and Mood Disorders in Adolescents

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Depressive Disorder

Insomnia and sleep disturbance are common symptoms of depression in adults, but this is not always the case in adolescents. In fact, a group of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh who studied insomnia in depressed teens found that, compared to adults, insomnia in adolescents is different—very different. A 2005 study examined sleep differenc

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Normal Sleep Requirements for Healthy Kids

Topics: Child Psychiatry

The attached table can help you determine the normal sleep requirements of patients of all ages, birth through 18.

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Normal and Disordered Sleep in Kids

Topics: Child Psychiatry

See the table "Normal Sleep Requirements for Healthy Kids" for information on how many hours of sleep your patients should be getting every night.

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Research Update

Girls More Likely to Have Recurrent Depression

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Depressive Disorder | Women's Issues in Psychiatry

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Stimulants in the Treatment of ADHD

Topics: ADHD | Child Psychiatry | Free Articles

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Neurofeedback as a Treatment for ADHD

Topics: ADHD | Brain Devices | Child Psychiatry | Neuroscience in Psychiatry

Neurofeedback, also known as “EEG biofeedback,” has been around for a long time, but its history is checkered. Clinicians have hawked devices for treating ADHD and other psychiatric conditions in the absence of reliable efficacy data. Since the treatment is rarely covered by insurance companies, families may pay several thousand dollars for a typica

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Side Effects of Antipsychotics in Children

Topics: Antipsychotics | Child Psychiatry

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Research Update

TV, Video Games, And Attention Problems

Topics: ADHD | Child Psychiatry

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Approach to the Child with Intellectual Disability

Topics: Child Psychiatry

I first met Christina when she was 14. She had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder. She had blown out of four private schools in the area, not for grades but for bad behavior. She was getting into physical fights with her siblings, drinking, and smoking marijuana. “My parents hate me,” she said. In reviewing h

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Helping Our Patients With Learning Disabilities

Topics: Child Psychiatry

Suggested Reading for Doctors, Parents, and Teachers Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4 to 14, by Chip Wood Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Compete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems At Any Level, by Sally Shaywitz, MD Diagnosing Learning Disorders, Second Edition: A Neuropsychological Framework, by Bruce Pennington, PhD

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Research Update

Treatment as Usual Effective for ADHD and Anxiety Disorders

Topics: Anxiety Disorder | Child Psychiatry

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Treating Depressed Adolescents Who Have Attempted Suicide: Results of the TASA Trial

Topics: Antidepressants | Child Psychiatry | Depressive Disorder

Historically, research into the effectiveness of antidepressants for depressed youths has been unimpressive. In the 1980s, Joaquim Puig-Antich studied the then-popular tricyclic antidepressants and found no evidence to support their effectiveness (Puig-Antich J, Arch Gen Psych 1987;44(1):81–89). To make matters worse for tricyclics, in the 1990s sever

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Editor’s Perspective: Do Antidepressants Work in Kids?

Topics: Antidepressants | Child Psychiatry | Depressive Disorder

The extent to which antidepressants are effective for pediatric depression continues to stir controversy, as discussed in this issue of CCPR. Parents, the media, and even our young patients themselves sometimes tell us that our medications don’t work and may well be dangerous. And yet, as clinicians, we know of many children who have apparently benefi

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Assessing Depression in Adolescents

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Depressive Disorder

What To Ask? Some key questions to help you ascertain depression in your adolescent patients Have you been feeling irritable or angry? Have you been getting in more fights than usual with your parents or siblings? Do you have such a hard time waking up in the morning that you’re often late for school? How are you doing with you schoolw

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Research Update

What is the Minimum Effective Dose of OROS Methylphenidate for Adolescents?

Topics: ADHD | Child Psychiatry

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How to Discuss Medications with Parents

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Free Articles | Psychopharmacology Tips

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