The Link Between Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders and Crime

Are people with mental illness more likely to commit crimes?  This question has been studied and discussed for decades, fueled by movies of deranged serial killers.  For years, the conventional wisdom was that, despite the hype, individuals who suffer from psychiatric disorders are no more likely than anyone else to commit a crime. More recently, […]

Vermont Pediatrician, Dr. Joseph Hagan, Running for AAP President-Elect

(Note: parts of this posting have previously appeared in online posts for Psychology Today and for Pediatric News) One of our own Vermont pediatricians, Dr. Joseph Hagan, is running to be President-elect of the national organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Many people around the state and elsewhere know Joe well and support his […]

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Is Universal Suicide Screening in Primary Care Worthwhile? Nobody knows

Suicide remains a leading cause of death and is a major public health concern. Studies have demonstrated that many individuals who die by suicide often see their primary care physician soon before the event.  Thus, it is important to know whether suicide screening might potentially prevent some of these tragic deaths.  To that end, the […]

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DCF and UVM Create New Program to Improve Antipsychotic Medication Prescribing

A new combined effort between the Vermont Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Vermont Department of Mental Health, and the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families (VCCYF) will support caseworkers who often need to make complex medical decisions regarding the children under their care. While […]

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Behavior Problems and Screen Time: What Causes What?

There have been many studies that have demonstrated links between excessive childhood screen time and negative outcomes including attention problems and aggression. Most of them imply causation but generally can’t prove it because the studies don’t measure child behavior before the screen time occurs.  Yes playing Minecraft for 6 hours per day might cause problems, […]

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ADHD Diagnosis Rising Nationally, but not in Vermont

The diagnosis of ADHD  has been getting a lot of media attention lately over concerns about possible overdiagnosis and overtreatment.  A recent study from the CDC’s National Survey of Children’s Health now provides important national statistics regarding the prevalence of ADHD, as reported by parents, and the trends over time.  Reports from this survey previously […]

Child Mental Health Now Versus the Past

Of note, this post is adapted from a similar one that appeared last week in my Psychology Today blog. From many headlines today, it is easy to get the impression that children and adolescents are struggling more than ever these days.  At the same time, the mental health system designed to help our kids and […]

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AAP Releases New Child Media Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently published an updated policy statement paper on recommended limits for media usage in kids.  The new report is designed to incorporate the increase of “new media” devices such as mobile phones and computers that are making up an increasingly larger portion of the total time. The trends necessitate […]

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Recent Child Mental Health Summit Explores New Ideas

This week, a group of people involved in all aspects of child mental health care in Vermont met in Shelburne to share ideas and visions about how to improve access and quality of behavioral healthcare for Vermont families.  The group included parents of children struggling with emotional behavioral problems, counselors, psychiatrists, primary care clinicians, educators, […]

Texting While Driving Remains Common Among Teens Despite Laws

Anyone driving today has likely encountered distracted drivers with their hands busily working their phone texting or emailing rather than being on the wheel.  While these behavior are a safety concern for all, they may be particularly problematic for teens who are relatively new to driving (and also known to be quite fond of text […]