Youth Mental Illness Affects 1 in 5 According to New CDC Report

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a major report last month, focusing on child mental health from the period of 2005 through 2011. The report features new summary statistics on the prevalence of mental health disorders as well as estimates of the costs of these conditions. The report summarizes results from a number of […]

Vermont Pediatricians Call for Action on Gun Violence

This month, the Vermont chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) sent a letter to members of the Vermont legislature, executive leadership, and our US senators and representative, calling for specific action to prevent gun violence in the wake of tragedies like the Sandy Hook school shooting last December.   The effort was led by […]

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Study Challenges Youth Overmedication Perception

Are children and adolescents in the United States too easily given psychiatric medications?  There has been a lot of attention to this question lately with many people both within and outside of the mental health community believing that the answer is a resounding yes.   Yet while there is ample evidence suggesting that the percentage of […]

ADHD Diagnosed in 11% of Youth, According to New York Times

The New York Times is reporting data they received from the CDC’s National Survey of Children’s Health that the number of children who have received a diagnosis of ADHD has risen to 11% with some segments of the population, such as high school boys, as high as 20%.  The data come from phone interviews of […]

Joint Custody Initiative Building Momentum

It might come as a surprise to many Vermonters, but we are one of the only states left in the country in which judges do NOT have the right to grant joint custody of children in divorce proceedings unless BOTH parents ask for it. As a result, judges are forced to make Solomon-like decisions by […]

Stimulants for Cognitive Enhancement – Social Justice or Cosmetic Psychopharmacology?

A thought provoking article in the NY times raises questions about the practice of giving stimulant medications to children who don’t meet criteria for ADHD but who nonetheless might benefit from their effects.   While the issue of stimulants being taken by competitive students trying to gain an edge in college has been well documented, this […]

Physical Punishment Linked to Increased Long-Term Mental Health Disorders

by David Harari (Editor Note – I am very pleased to have one of our UVM medical students, David Harari, contribute this well written piece on an important topic.  For those interested in learning more about corporal punishment, however, I suggest not doing an internet search on “spanking.”  You were warned – DCR) While it […]

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The Politics of Child Health

Is it just me or does it seem like the politics of health are everywhere these days? We have the attempt to remove the philosophical exemption for childhood vaccines, thwarted in part by the continued perception about the risk of autism.  There are the naturopathic clinicians who (ironically) want to be able to prescribe medications.  […]