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The Need for Trauma-Informed Care

July 29, 2016 | Emily Taylor

In this article, Beverly Tobiason Psy.D., clinical director at Pima County Juvenile Court Center in Tucson, Arizona, describes something she’s seen frequently in her work: a diagnostic disconnect between trauma experiences and disruptive behavior disorders.

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Families In Rural Areas Using Telemedicine For Psychiatric, Specialty Care

July 27, 2016 | Emily Taylor

Forbes article on growing use of telemedicine – video-based care – for mental health services. Article cites recent research showing that the average age of patients using these services is 16 and they are being used mostly in rural areas where support is not otherwise available nearby.

Read the article on telemedicine for mental health care in rural areas»

Mood Disorders and Teenage Girls

July 15, 2016 | Emily Taylor

In this blog post, Dr. Ron J. Steingard of the Child Mind Institute discusses the high rate of mood disorders among teenage girls and offers general considerations for treatment options.

Read the post about diagnosis and treatment of teenage girls’ depression and anxiety»

ADHD: The Pros and Cons of a Drug Holiday

June 28, 2016 | Emily Taylor

This piece discusses the potential risks and benefits to having children on ADHD medication take a planned break from their medication during the summer.

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A link between air pollution and children’s mental health?

June 23, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A recent study in Sweden found that kids living in areas with higher levels of air pollution were more likely to take prescription medicines associated with long-term mental illnesses.

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Low attention control in early adolescence is a genetic risk factor for anxiety disorders

June 23, 2016 | Emily Taylor

“The Shared Etiology of Attentional Control and Anxiety: An Adolescent Twin Study” published recently in the Journal of Research on Adolescence, looked at genetic and environmental factors in low attention control and anxiety symptoms in early adolescence.

Read the article about the study on attention control and anxiety.»

Programs Provide Consultation on Psychotropic Medications for Kids

June 16, 2016 | Emily Taylor

This blog post profiles two programs – the Oregon Psychiatric Access Line about Kids, and the Partnership Access Line, used in Washington and Wyoming – that address the current national shortage of child psychiatrists by providing primary care physicians with consultation on behavioral health treatment options.

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Antidepressants Little to No Help for Children and Teens

June 16, 2016 | Emily Taylor

After analyzing data from 34 studies involving more than 5,000 youths 9-18 years old, researchers found only fluoxetine (Prozac) was more effective than a placebo in relieving the youths’ depressive symptoms. Considering risk vs. benefits, researchers concluded that antidepressants may not be worthwhile for children and teens with major depression.

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New study: Medication and Children in Foster Care

June 16, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A new study by Rutgers University-New Brunswick researchers looked at the use of anti-psychotic medication for children in foster care and other Medicaid-insured children. Although they found encouraging progress in several states, the researchers confirmed an ongoing need for greater oversight and quality improvement to ensure judicious prescription of anti-psychotics medications for children.

Read the article about anti-psychotic medication for children in foster care and other Medicaid-insured children»