Child Psychiatry

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Intuniv: Exorbitant, Sedating, and Second-Line

Guanfacine, a drug originally used to treat hypertension, has been reformulated and now has new life as a medication to treat ADHD in children.

Vyvanse: A Look at America’s Most Prescribed Stimulant

Why has Vyvanse become by far the most prescribed stimulant in the United States? Great marketing? A great product? Some combination of the two? 

Psychiatric Treatment of Transgender Patients

Identifying as transgender or gender noncomforming is not uncommon in the college population. In a recent survey of college students, 0.2% of respondents (from a pool of 123,078) identified as transgender.

Research Update

Daily Marijuana Use by Teens Creates Life Problems

A new study provides strong evidence that chronic marijuana use during adolescence can lead to significant social and psychiatric issues later in life. 

To Prevent Depression in Teens, Teach about Change

Transitioning to high school can be a tough time, and studies have shown that teenagers are increasingly likely to have symptoms of depression over the course of their freshman year of school. Now an intriguing study seems to show that a simple intervention can ease these symptoms quite effectively. 

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Treating Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Anxiety disorders, in general, for children and adolescents, can be a very big problem. A big issue is that anxiety disorders are often not the first diagnoses considered and they are often overlooked.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

TF-CBT has strong evidence of improving a wide variety of problems, including PTSD, depression, anxiety and fear, behavior
problems, and trauma-related shame, as well as improving parental functioning.

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Diagnostic Comorbidity in DSM-5: More of the Same [Free Article]

Child Psychiatry in DSM-5 - The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report (CCPR)

The epidemic of psychiatric comorbidity has been a problem since DSM-III appeared way back in 1980. Not much has been done to improve this area in the subsequent editions of the manual. 

Video Game Addiction [Free Article]

Problematic Technology - The Carlat Child Report (CCPR)

Video games have come a long way since Pac Man and Tetris. Games today simulate reality in massive user-generated worlds.

How Effective Are the Newest Antipsychotics? [Free Article]

Behavioral Disorders, The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report (CCPR), February 2012

Four new antipsychotics are beginning to gain some traction in the adult market. Here is a quick low down on paliperidone, iloperidone (Fanapt), lurasidone (Latuda), and asenapine (Saphris).

Stimulants in the Treatment of ADHD

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ADHD

The gold standards of treatment for ADHD are the stimulants amphetamine and methylphenidate. They are old friends, having been used for decades, and there is a wealth of patient experience with them. Although we use them all the time, an occasional review of the tools in our toolbox is always helpful.

How to Discuss Medications with Parents

Making the decision to put a child on a psychiatric medication is hard enough. The process of discussing this possibility with parents can be even more challenging.