Child Psychiatry Blog

Anxiety Medications for Kids
  Anxious children, especially severely anxious children or those who are struggling with therapy or having major difficulties,  often benefit from the addition of a medication.  Early treatment is important because children diagnosed with anxiety are also more likely to develop anxiety as adults.  Medication may be beneficial to children and adolescents who are unable to go to school due to panic attacks, separation anxiety or social anxiety.  Any anxiety medication used in childhood should always be
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Early Signs of Depression
Being a teenager is not easy at times.  You are almost an adult, you can drive, people expect you to act like an adult even though the human brain is not fully developed until the early to mid 20’s.  Some irritability, mood swings and acting out behaviors are par for the course. Other normal changes include identifying more with a type of music, trying out new hairstyles and involvement in politics. Today is a day of a
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Teen Depression Statistics
Dealing with Teen Depression and Teen Depression Statistics
Depression in teens typically presents with symptoms similar to those of adults.  What is considered unique to teenagers is the higher incidence of irritability in place of intense feelings of depression.  Teens with depression may seem grouchy or just plain bothered by everything and everyone.  Depressed teens may seek out verbal confrontation with peers, adults and siblings. Here are some other statistics about teenage depression Comorbidity 60% of depressed teens have another condition such as anxiety, substance
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Dealing with Winter Depression
Dealing with Winter Depression
Winter Depression Winter depression is a type of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that surfaces typically as the days grow shorter and colder.  Some people are very aware that each winter they get the “blues”, but, other people are not until they begin to track their mood.   SAD is NOT its own diagnosis rather it is a cyclical subcomponent of one of the three following mood disorders: Major depressive disorder or Bipolar I or II disorder. Typical symptoms
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Anxiety symptoms in children
All children get anxious.  Typical childhood anxiety is called “normative anxiety” and may consist of nervousness with the upcoming school year, going on an airplane for the first time or learning to ride a bike.  Pathological anxiety is severe and persistent anxiety that is markedly elevated in respect to their peers.  The most common anxiety disorders are generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety disorder and selective mutism. Generalized Anxiety Disorder Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
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