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Mental Health News & Research

This page lists some useful resources related to children and mental health.

Pharmacologic Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Pharmacologic Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder  in Children and Adolescents  Amy Bridgeman  The Pennsylvania State University – College of Medicine October 2003   Diagnosis DSM IV criteria for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (8): Either...

OCD – A Treatment Review

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic, waxing and waning, DSM-IV Axis I disorder in which patients have recurrent intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that increase their anxiety level. They usually relieve this anxiety with recurrent standardized behaviors (compulsions). These symptoms are ego-dystonic and cause significant distress in the patients’ lives.

Fighting Anorexia

Fighting Anorexia: No One to Blame Dec. 5, 2005 Newsweek issue – “The age of their youngest patients has slipped to 9 years old, and doctors have begun to research the roots of this disease. Anorexia is probably hard-wired, the new thinking goes, and the...

Feeding Disorders of Infants and Toddlers

Feeding Disorders of Infants and Toddlers: Infantile Anorexia  Alice Lawrence Penn State College of Medicine 2003   Feeding disorders can occur in infants secondary to many different causes. These disorders can lead to failure to thrive in the infant, and thus...

Relapse in Anorexia

Approaches to the Reduction of Relapse Rates in Persons with Anorexia Nervosa

Firesetting

Firesetting Behaviors Romberg  The Pennsylvania State University- College of Medicine July 2003   Normal adult fire behavior is the result of appropriate, supervised childhood: Fire interest: 3-5yo Fireplay: 5-9yo Firesetting: >10yo Psychosocial factors such...

Behavioral Problems and Fetal Alcohol Exposure

Behavioral Problems Associated with Fetal Alcohol Exposure Laura Arensmeyer April 2004   Introduction Ethanol crosses the placenta and causes CNS cell death by apoptosis, and reduces neural cell genesis. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Prenatal or postnatal growth...

ParentsMedGuide.org Resource

Coalition Launches ParentsMedGuide.org: “Helping Parents Help Their Kids” Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005 Washington, D.C. – Today a large coalition of medical and family/patient advocacy organizations launched ParentsMedGuide.org, a new resource center for parents...

FDA and Antidepressants in Children

FDA Statement on Recommendations of the Psychopharmacologic Drugs and Pediatric Advisory Committees September 16, 2004 – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) generally supports the recommendations that were recently made to the agency by the...

Depression in children warning signs

Dr. Chris Petersen, a psychiatrist at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, cited these symptoms of depression in a recent article. Symptoms of child and teen depression: Social withdrawal: A desire to remain isolated or restricted to a narrow peer group for...
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