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Child Psychiatry


Brain Development Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Drugs and Alcohol

Every day in the United States, about 650 babies are born that have been exposed to illicit drugs in the prenatal period (Keegan K et al, J Addict Dis 2010;29(2):175–191). The number would be even larger if we include women who continue to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and abuse prescription drugs during pregnancy.

Missing the Forest for the Trees: How to Treat Children With Nonverbal Learning Disability

Nonverbal learning disability (NLD) can present a diagnostic and treatment conundrum to the child psychiatrist, with children presenting with a number of symptoms and deficits that are common with other conditions.

Medication Non-Adherence: The Make-It-or-Break-It of Psychopharmacology

Both in general medicine and in psychiatry, the number one cause of treatment failure is not taking medications as prescribed. There are a number of reasons for non-adherence, ranging from physical side effects to psychological issues. Here, we’ll discuss the most common reasons for non-adherence, and some strategies for helping your patients stay on their meds.

Research Update

Long-Term Outcomes in Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety disorders are among the most common psychiatric conditions in kids, and they are often predictive of future psychiatric problems. Researchers recently examined if effective treatment of anxiety disorders early on had positive long-term outcomes.

Are there Really Two Types of Antisocial Behavior in Children?

Two decades ago, Terrie Moffitt first proposed that there are two distinct kinds of antisocial behavior in children: one that starts when kids are young, is life-long and is neurobiolgically-based, and one that develops in adolescence and that kids can grow out of. 

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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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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.

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).