Reconciling Divergent Patient Information: It’s About More Than Who’s Right

While many child mental health professional stress the importance of obtaining information from multiple sources (child, mother, father, teachers, etc.), it is less clear what exactly one should DO with this information.  This dilemma is highlighted in circumstances where the reports from different informants paint a very different picture of the same child.  In a […]

DSM5 and the New Disruptive Mood Dysregulation with Dysphoria Diagnosis

Debate continues to swirl around what diagnosis to apply to children who seem to be chronically and, at times, explosively irritable.  Since some influential papers in the 1990s, many of these children have now been given the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and subsequently treated as such with mood stabilizers and antipsychotic medications. Increasing concern about […]

Antidepressants and Suicide – What’s Happened Since the Black Box?

  In 2004, the FDA mandated that all antidepressants carry a black box warning related to the risk of new suicidal behavior.  This warning generated a great deal of attention and controversy leading up to the warning and in its immediate aftermath, as data showed a subsequent drop in antidepressant prescription and an 18% increase […]

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