Child Psychiatry Blog

Adolescent & Child Psychiatry Blog

New ADHD Device
The FDA recently approved the Monarch external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (eTNS) System to treat ADHD in children 7 and up. Since the annoucement we have received many requests for information on the system so we will summarize what we know so far here. How does it work? The device uses electrical impulses to stimulate a nerve through an adhesive patch placed on the forehead for several hours a day. Is it used with any medications? No, this
How to Deal with Depression
The symptoms of moderate to severe depression are debilitating and include problems sleeping, poor concentration at work, fighting with a significant other or child, and low energy.  What can people do on their own to deal with the symptoms of depression? First of all, it’s important to underline that severe and moderate depression is best treated by professionals such as a psychiatrist or psychologist.  However, there are many things that people with mild depression or moderate/severe depression
What is Seasonal Depression?
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a term that describes the tendency for a mood episode, most commonly depression but also mania or hypomania, that occurs rhythmically during a particular season.  In this article, I will focus on depression. SAD typically occurs in the winter, when daylight hours grow short and the the cold weather starts in most of the country.  Symptoms typically get better in spring or summer. SAD by definition causes problems with relationships and work.
Does My Child Have Social Anxiety?
Social anxiety is something that child psychiatrists see and evaluate for often. Social anxiety goes beyond the typical shyness seen in many children. Being around other children and adults brings extreme nervousness and negative feelings to a child who has anxiety in social situations. Social anxiety is found in many children who are also fearful of new and unfamiliar situations, not just those involving social circumstances. According to one study, 2-3% of children between the ages of
What are the Symptoms of Bipolar Depression?
Major Depressive Episodes: Major depressive episodes are one symptom of Bipolar disorder. In Bipolar disorder, these episodes are usually severe and last a long time.  Similar to what is called unipolar major depression (depression in a person who has not experienced mania or hypomania), patients with bipolar depression typically experience a depressed mood, slow speech and less speech in general, decreased interest in previously enjoyable activities, low energy, poor concentration and focus, decreased appetite or weight gain,