Child Psychiatry

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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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Psychodynamic Family Work: A Case Vignette

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Psychotherapy

Many parents are understandably reluctant to begin their children on psychiatric medication, and indeed, in many cases this is inappropriate as a first step. An intervention modeled on the early work of Selma Fraiberg, the Minding the Baby program at Yale Child Study Center, and the practice of parent infant psychotherapy as described by Daniel Stern, a

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Working With Children and Families

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Psychotherapy

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Too Much “Screen Time” May Lead to Substance Use

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Substance Abuse

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Managing Aggression in Children: A Practical Approach

Topics: Child Psychiatry

Once you have tried the various non-pharmacological approaches to aggression (see this month’s interviews with Dr. Connor and Dr. Greene for suggestions), you will have to turn to what is generally the second choice—using medications. In this article, I’ll discuss a practical approach to choosing and prescribing medications for childhood aggressio

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Research Update

Combined Treatment Works Better Than Risperidone Alone for PDD

Topics: Child Psychiatry | Natural Medications

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Long-Term Outcomes of Adolescent Depression Treatment

Topics: Child Psychiatry

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Study Links Ritalin to Sudden Death in Children; FDA Disagrees

Topics: Child Psychiatry

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Autism and Asperger's Syndrome: A Primer

Topics: Child Psychiatry

Autism has recently hit the radar screen in psychiatry and pediatrics. This is partly due to an increase in prevalence that has been widely reported in the media, coupled with ongoing debate regarding whether vaccines are causing this so-called "autism epidemic.” In addition, risperidone was recently the first medication approved for use in autism, co

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The Latest on ADHD

Topics: ADHD | Child Psychiatry

The last time we did an entire issue on ADHD was in September of 2006. In this brief article, we’ll bring you up to date on some recent developments. 1. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) was approved for the treatment of ADHD in 6-12 year olds in 2007, and more recently was approved for ADHD in adults. It is essentially a 12 hour form of amphetamine, and

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