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Antipsychotic prescriptions for children follow best practice guidelines 50% of the time

March 2, 2015

Clinicians who prescribe antipsychotic medications to Vermont Medicaid-insured children only follow best practice guidelines approximately 50% of the time, according to new study data.

However, researchers caution that it is possible that this percentage may be an overestimation due to a lack of metabolic monitoring self-reported by the clinicians included in the survey.

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Exploratory tendencies may link to brain process in preteens

February 24, 2015
Adolescents who explore and pursue new experiences may have alternative brain processes compared with preteens who do not, according to preliminary findings presented at…
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About 25% of homeless children may require mental health services

February 19, 2015
Approximately 25% of children who are homeless have an increased risk for developmental delays and challenges in mental health status, according to data published in the…
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Experts call for unification of mental and physical health care under PCPs

February 18, 2015
Medical experts suggested combining pediatric mental and physical health care in a primary care setting to tackle disparities and social stigmas that impede access to…
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Differentiation of Social Phobia from High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

Psychiatric Annals, August 2012, Volume 42 Issue 8
CME Educational Objectives 1. To identify symptom similarities between social phobia and high-functioning autism…
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Topics include parents’ experiences with child’s admission to acute care, diet restrictions and atypical antipsychotic…
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ADHD in children linked to disorders, lower academic, social performance

October 7, 2014
Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder had more academic difficulty, peer problems and comorbid disorders than those without the…
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Intervention improved shy children’s academic performance

October 3, 2014
Recent data show shy children who participated in a temperament-based intervention had greater increases in critical thinking and math compared with…
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Psychotherapy rates for children using ADHD drugs vary by location

September 26, 2014
Recent data show receipt of psychotherapy among children who use attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder medication varied geographically…
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Brief intervention may decrease depressive symptoms in adolescents

September 24, 2014
Depressive symptoms seen among adolescents during the high school transition could be reduced with a low-cost, one-time intervention that educates…
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Sensory processing may help with autism diagnosis, classification

September 23, 2014
Classification of people on the autism spectrum as well as an earlier diagnosis could be improved by measuring how fast the brain responds to sights…
Sylvia Burwell

HHS grants aim to improve mental health services among youth

September 22, 2014
The US Department of Health and Human Services today announces $99 million in new grants to help improve mental health services for young people…
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Experts debate PANDAS diagnosis in children

September 18, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Margaret K. Hostetter, MD, the B. K. Rachford professor and chair of department of pediatrics, University of Cincinnati…
Alan Smith, PhD In the Journals

Exercise before school day may reduce ADHD symptom severity

September 17, 2014
Physical activity may reduce symptom severity and moodiness and improve peer functioning among children at risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity…
Dieter Wolke, PhD In the Journals

Bullied children more likely to develop parasomnias

September 16, 2014
Children who are bullied have an increased risk for parasomnias, including nightmares, night terrors and sleepwalking, according to study findings in…
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Family dinners could protect adolescents from cyberbullying

September 11, 2014
The effects of cyberbullying among children could be reduced by sharing regular family meals, according to recent study findings published in JAMA
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