Young students who excel at school, particularly in creative subjects, are almost 4 times more likely develop bipolar disorder during the next decade than teenagers with average grades. This finding supports the hypothesis that creative individuals are more susceptible to bipolar disorder, lead author James H. MacCabe, PhD, Senior Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, United […]
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 reassuring data, as there have been concerns about prescribing antidepressants in adolescents since 2003, when the FDA issued a black box […]
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 […]
Michelle Obama tackles childhood obesity with a new program “Let’s Move” Visit her site for more information on how to keep kids fit. More On This Topic: 5 Tips for Protecting Your Child from Becoming Obese How Early Is Too Early for a Dental Exam? Tips for Managing Your Child’s Social Networking Activities 6 Major […]
The Obama administration announced yesterday its intention to revise the No Child Left Behind Act which has been in place for nearly 10 years (for more information on the Act, take a look at Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind.) The Act had its supporters and detractors. We’d probably all agree that teaching children toward a […]
Teenagers are famously unkind to each other, and having an acne problem is like having a target on your back. Cruel comments and poor self-image come with the territory. Try these acne-control strategies to help your teen clear up his skin and regain his self-confidence. It was once thought that acne is caused by eating too much fried […]
A recent article by Edward Schultz in LDA Newsbriefs concerns new definitions of learning disabilities that must be recognized through the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). This article describes why severe discrepancies between ability and achievement (see below) are no longer required to qualify your child for an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) […]
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 […]
I am a child of the 50’s when radio, record players and TV were the main sources of media entertainment within the home. I spent most of my day playing outside, climbing trees, riding my bike, roller skating and playing games with my friends. I would come in and sit on the floor in front […]
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