Beyond Medications: Psychosocial Methods for Helping Challenging Kids

Foster children tend to be over-medicated. Surveys show that foster youth receive 5 times the number of psychotropic medications, frequently three or four simultaneously, as privately insured children. What else, beside medications, can we offer foster children who are often struggling with psychiatric issues and difficult and unfamiliar family environments?

Foster Care and Child Psychiatry: A Primer

Nearly one in three foster children have significant psychiatric problems during their time in foster care—especially those related to trauma and neglect that brought them into the system. This article is a brief primer on how foster care works, and how psychiatrists get involved.

Understanding and Treating Panic Disorder

The Carlat Behavioral Health (TCRBH), November 2012, Panic Disorder

As it is currently conceptualized in the DSM-IV-TR, panic disorder can occur with or without agoraphobia. This article will describe what is involved in determining whether an individual has panic disorder and how to treat it.

Research Update

An Intensive Autism Treatment Program Looks Promising

Autism is fairly common and is extremely hard to treat. A couple of antipsychotics (Risperdal, Abilify) can help decrease the agitation common in autism, and some behavior therapies can improve the ability to interact with others. But these behavioral techniques have only been studied in the short term—which is not very helpful, because autism is a long term problem. 

Expert QA

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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Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Primer [Free Article]

Dialectical Behavior Therapy - The Carlat Behavioral Health Report

Although it has not been established how the effectiveness of DBT compares with that of other therapies, DBT is the most evidence-based treatment for borderline personality disorder.