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When fears turn to phobias

Bees, costumed characters, germs, thunderstorms: what do they have in common? They all have the potential to cause fear and anxiety in both children and adults. Childhood fears are commonplace, in fact, psychologists view it as not typical if a child experiences no fears or worries during the course of their development. Childhood fears help […]

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Rethinking ‘‘Generation Me’’

In a scientific analysis of approximately one-half million high-school seniors over three decades,  Brent Donnellan and Kali Trzesniewski of the University of Western Ontario argue teens today are no more egotistical – and just as happy and satisfied – as previous generations. “We concluded that, more often than not, kids these days are about the same […]

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Troubled Children Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder May Fare Better with a Different Diagnosis

In a paper published in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health,Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston examine the evolution of the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and its dramatic increase since the mid 1990s, after the criteria for diagnosis broadened. The increase in cases has led to concerns about accurately defining psychiatric disorders in children […]

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Superior Academic Performance Linked to Increased Risk for Bipolar Disorder

Students who at the age of 16 years excel at school, particularly in creative subjects, are almost 4 times more likely to develop bipolar disorder during the next decade than teenagers with average grades, a new study has found. This finding supports the hypothesis that creative individuals are more susceptible to bipolar disorder, lead author […]

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Antidepressants Cut Risk of Hospital Readmission for Suicidal Youth, Study Suggests

Suicidal adolescents who were prescribed an antidepressant medication during inpatient psychiatric hospital treatment were 85 percent less likely than others to be readmitted within a month after discharge, a new study found.  This is reassur-ing data, as there have been concerns about prescribing antidepressants in adolescents since 2003, when the FDA issued a black box […]

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New Research Uncovers How Antidepressants Work

Reserachers at Queensland Brain Insitute in Australia have discovered the class of drugs that increase levels of a neurotransmitter known as ‘norepinephrine’ triggers neurogenesis – the growth of new neurons – in a brain region called the hippocampus. If you block hippocampus neurogenesis, antidepressants no longer work,” lead researcher Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri said. “That suggests […]

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 101

What is a child and adolescent psychiatrist? As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, my job is to evaluate and treat individuals with psychiatric disorders. Child and adolescent psychiatry is a specialty of psychiatry, which is, in turn, a specialty of medicine and therefore requires a medical degree (M.D. or D.O.). My patients often ask me how […]

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