HOW TO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
The following articles and tests are designed to provide psychiatrists with continuing medical education opportunities. Category 1 credits can be earned by reading the material and successfully answering the quiz at the end of this issue. Complete instructions are given on the quiz pages at the back of the issue.
To assist you in studying the material, the Pre-Test below indicates some of the areas to be covered, and will enableyou to challenge your present knowledge of these subjects before reading further.
1. Children with ADD:
A. Grow out of it at puberty.
B. Can never sit still and pay attention.
C. Can be identified by the presence of neurological soft signs.
D. Frequently deny or are unaware of their problems.
2. Tardive and withdrawal dyskinesias In children and adolescents have:
A. Different topography than adults.
B. Occasionally different topography than adults.
C. Same topography as adults.
D. Do not exist.
3. Inter-posing a placebo phase between the initial no-treatment baseline and treatment phase greatly strengthens the conclusions from all except one of the following outcome study designs:
A. The withdrawal design.
B. The interaction design.
C. The pediatric design.
D. The multiple baseline design.
The psychopharmacological treatment of children and adolescents presents many challenges for the psychiatrist and rewards from the improved functioning of these patients. Since medication can affect behavioral symptoms, cognition, learning, social relationships and self-concept, the clinician must be especially sensitive in the evaluation of appropriateness and safety of the prescribed medication. This exhaustive review of psychopharmacology will improve ali clinicians' use of drugs with children and adolescents.