Child Psychiatry


Energy Drinks and Kids: What Child Psychiatrists Should Know

Kids are not immune to either the positives or the negatives of caffeine intake. As the energy drink industry has exploded, we are learning more about the effects of caffeine and other legal stimulants on kids, and the information is enough to make any child psychiatrist positively jittery. 

Bullying in Schools: A Primer

Bullying in Schools - A Primer

When most of us went to school, we knew who the bullies were, and we knew who got bullied, but the problem was not discussed much. Things have changed since then. With media coverage of suicides attributable to bullying, we now realize that the phenomenon is potentially deadly. 

Medications for Agitated Kids— When Nothing Else Works

There is a lack good research on the best ways to calm acutely agitated children. Your approach may likely be slightly different from a colleague’s. Here are some suggestions to help when you find yourself in situations where nothing else works. 

Research Update

OCD in Kids: CBT, SSRIs, Then What?

When kids come to us with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), we know that first-line treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). But then what? What about the kids who don’t respond to CBT or SSRIs? This research update discusses studies measures, treatments and medications for to take to help your younger OCD patients.

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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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The New FDA-Approved EEG Test for ADHD: Should You Order It? [Free Article]

Antipsychotics in Children, CCPR

Over the decades, finding a truly useful objective diagnostic test in psychiatry has proven both elusive and frustrating. 

Originally published in CCPR, December 2014, Vol 5, Issue 8.
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Vyvanse: A Look at America’s Most Prescribed Stimulant [Free Article]

ADHD - The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report (CCPR)

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

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


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.