A few weeks ago the American Academy of Pediatrics published the new practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These guidelines are supposed to help pediatricians and other primary care physicians in the care of kids with ADHD. Although I agree with most aspects of the guidelines, I am [...]Continue Reading →
This morning I turned on the news and found this headline: “Pediatricians’ group finds fault with ‘SpongeBob‘” published by Reuters. In the article, the Reuters reporter states:
And Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics will take aim at the 12-year-old Nickelodeon show, reporting a study that concludes the fast-paced show, and others [...]Continue Reading →
Psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents III: Increases in psychiatric disorders during adolescence.
Today is the third of a series of brief posts about the recent results of the latest National Comorbidity Survey (NCS).
The NCS is a large nationally representative study of over 10,000 adolescents aged 13 to 18. The study aims to examine [...]Continue Reading →
Monday’s BRIEFS: Quick musings in child related research.
Psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents I: Prevalence and sex differences
Today is the first of a series of Brief posts about the results of the latest National Comorbidity Survey (NCS).
The NCS is a large nationally representative study of over 10,000 adolescents aged 13 to 18. [...]Continue Reading →
Given the high rates of ADHD diagnoses in the USA, and recent discussions about the likely misdiagnoses of tens of thousands of children, it is easy for some to dismiss ADHD as jus a term used by zealous clinicians to label kids who just want to be kids. But such an attitude ignores the real struggles [...]Continue Reading →
I spent most of my Sunday afternoon reviewing and editing reports of child neuropsychological evaluations. Most of them were for children who came to our clinic for a comprehensive ADHD diagnostic evaluation. At the end of these reports we always include a large number of individualized recommendations for home and school accommodations and interventions. Within [...]Continue Reading →
In an article soon to be published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry I, with a colleague at the University of Pittsburgh, discuss the need for a new approach to the development of early therapeutic interventions for child depression, as current interventions are, sadly, barely effective (see this article for a more extensive discussion on [...]Continue Reading →
The current issue of the journal Pediatrics includes a large epidemiological analysis of the association between prenatal exposure to tobacco and later risk for ADHD. The analysis was relatively simple and elegant. They examined a national representative sample of 2,588 US adolescents. Three variables were of interest: 1) whether the teen was exposed to tobacco before birth [...]Continue Reading →
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