Psychiatry Blog

Autism Testing: Proper Evaluation and Determining Diagnosis
Autism Testing
We are often asked what does autism testing (also called Autism Evaluation or Autism Diagnosis) entail. When facing a diagnosis of autism of your child, the process can be confusing. Here, we will provide some information about what is involved in a proper evaluation and determining of an autism diagnosis. Autism Testing for Early Identification or Clinical Suspicion Early intervention is extremely helpful in autism testing. Often, a family member, friend, teacher, doctor, nurse, or other person will
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Helping My Child with Depression
Helping My Child with Depression
How Can You Help Your Child with Depression? In this article we will discuss: What is Depression and how common is it in children and teens How you can help them What causes depression in children and teens About Child and Teen 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
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How to Stop an Anxiety Attack
How to Stop an Anxiety Attack
Stopping an Anxiety Attack Learning how to stop an 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
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Does My Child Have Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar Children
Bipolar in Children What is Bipolar? 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 most often diagnosed in early adulthood and lasts throughout the individual’s lifetime, although therapy and
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New ADHD Device
ADHD Device
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 the Monarch Nerve Stimulation device work? The device uses electrical impulses to stimulate a nerve through an adhesive patch placed on the forehead for several hours a day. Is the
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