Child Psychiatry Blog

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
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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
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Does My Child Have Bipolar Disorder?
Dealing with Teen Depression and Teen Depression Statistics
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
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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
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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
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