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Mental Health News & Research

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

Childhood Depression and Adult Obesity

Childhood Depression – Link to Adult Obesity? Waterfield Penn State College of Medicine 2004   Epidemiology 65% of Americans are considered overweight and 18% are considered obese with a body mass index (BMI)  > 30 kg m2 (Flegal 2002) 10% of Americans are...

Medicating Children with Psychiatric Drugs

Published Online Tue, 18 Jan 2011 20:00:00, To the Best of My Knowledge at WPSU Public Broadcasting, Penn State University Penn State President Graham Spanier’s monthly call-in program featured this program on medication involving children.  “Both the number of...

Childhood Schizophrenia Brain Findings

Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia: Structural Brain Abnormalities  Courtney Dawson  Penn State College of Medicine 2003   Basic information regarding childhood-onset schizophrenia (COS): Onset of psychosis by age 12 (2) Rare à 1/50 the prevalence of later-onset...

Childhood Schizophrenia Summary

 Childhood Schizophrenia Contributed by Melissa Yates Penn State College of Medicine   Definition:            –                Same diagnostic criteria apply to children, adolescents, and adults –                Based on characteristic symptoms, deficits...

Sexual Abuse Evaluation

The evaluation of child sexual abuse is to determine whether abuse has occurred and if the child needs treatment for medical or emotional problems. The evaluator and the child’s or adolescent’s therapist should be two different individuals.

Brain Injury and Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders Secondary to Brain Injury: ODD, OCD, ADHD Robyn Smith Penn State College of Medicine 2002    I. Traumatic Brain Injury: General information  Prevalence: Traumatic Brain injury in children and adolescents is a major public health...

Teens Contemplate Suicide

3 million U.S. Teens Contemplate Suicide WASHINGTON (Reuters) –Three million American teens have thought seriously about or even attempted suicide, a government survey released Sunday showed. More than 13 percent of young Americans between 14 and 17 years of age...

Mania or ADHD: Assessment with CBCL

Differentiating Mania from ADHD in Prepubertal Children Using the Child Behavior Checklist Augusta Czysz   Penn State College of Medicine 2002   Background: Child Behavior Checklists (CBCL) were first published in 1978 and 1979 by Achenbach and Edelbrock. They...

Bipolar or ADHD ?

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Bipolar Disorder in Children: How do they relate?

Bipolar and Genetics

Genetic Research and Bipolar Disorder Amy Pattishall   Penn State College of Medicine 2002   Bipolar Disorder Affective disorder characterized by recurrent manic and depressive episodes. High level of psychiatric service use and morbidity. About 15% suicide rate...

Your Child Does Not Have Bipolar Disorder

Have you been told your child has bipolar disorder? Do you wonder whether your child has been correctly diagnosed? Are you reluctant to give your child medications? Do you want to understand the scientific evidence for the disorder and its treatment?

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