Child Psychiatry Blog

Adolescent & Child Psychiatry Blog

How do you distinguish autism + bipolar disorder from childhood schizophrenia?
The diagnosis of schizophrenia is typically quite unique from that of bipolar with or without autism. The differentiation is best made when reviewing the history of childhood symptoms. If there are major impairments with social reciprocity, language and the presence of stereotypic behaviors in childhood then the diagnosis of autism may be further explored. Most children with schizophrenia diagnosed as an adult can recall some childhood symptoms, but, they are not typically as impairing as Autism is
How to Treat Anxiety
Psychotherapy and medications are the two principal ways to treat anxiety.  Moderate to severe anxiety is typically best treated with both medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).  In the corresponding article, I will discuss an overview of both treatments. CBT CBT is considered the gold standard of the treatment of anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias. CBT is an evidence based practice that follows a particular format and has been
Helping My Child with Depression
Depression is recognized among many adults, but can often be overlooked or misdiagnosed in children and teens. Persistent depression is seen in 3-5% of children and adolescents, with one study finding nearly 13% of teens having experienced at least one depressive episode. A person with depression experiences persistent sadness not necessarily attributed with a cause, lethargy, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, and sometimes suicidal thoughts. Parents of depressed children may feel helpless to support their child
How to Stop an Anxiety Attack
Learning to cope with severe anxiety can be a daunting task.  However, learning some basic techniques with a little practice you can make a huge impact.  I am going to list some techniques below and describe how they can be practiced in the comfort of your own home and provide significant relief. All of these scripts can be accessed by a cell phone or computer.   Progressive Muscular Relaxation (PMR): Ever feel tense all over perhaps even
Does My Child Have Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder affecting 1-3% of individuals in the United States. The disorder is inherited in families although parental diagnosis does not guarantee their child will have the disorder. The two mood poles include depression and mania, in which the individual experiences markedly different levels of energy and thought processes. Bipolar disorder is often diagnosed in early adulthood and lasts throughout the individual’s lifetime, although therapy and medication can help to alleviate symptoms. There