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Child Psychiatry

DSM-5 Diagnoses In Kids Should Always Be Written In Pencil

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

The stakes are high and the harms sometimes permanent. The best way to protect our children is to respect their difference and to accept uncertainty. I really love the idea of writing psychiatric diagnoses in pencil.

Fountain House Symposium Honors Author Andrew Solomon

Jim Luce | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

New York City has an annual event that educates the public on mental health that I believe is the finest in America. This symposium - and luncheon - ...

ADHD Medication Can Help Kids, But It Can't Fix Schools

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 05.07.2013 | Impact
Nancy Rappaport

Education reform does not come from introducing Ritalin into the cafeteria lunches of poor schools. Real reform comes through productive interaction between teachers and students in the classroom.

Are Tantrums A Psychiatric Diagnosis?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents

Naming a syndrome gives it power, which is why changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, are so closely watched. W...

The Art of ADHD: Can we free children from 'chemical straitjackets'?

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 12.12.2012 | Education
Nancy Rappaport

Each child deserves a balanced, thorough evaluation that allows everyone involved to proceed in a thoughtful way. And even when ADHD medication is indicated, we need to remember that medication alone is never enough.

Is Mental Illness a Bigger Threat to Kids than Physical Illness?

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.26.2012 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

As parents, our children's health ranks among our top priorities. When fall arrives and flu season begins, we notice every cough and feel for signs of fever. But how attuned are we to mental health symptoms in our kids?

Maybe Private School Is Cheaper Than Ritalin

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Holly Robinson

Your child needs to be learning in a place that will support his strengths rather than view him as a problem. For children who are bright or anxious, active or inattentive, simply changing how and where they learn can make all the difference.

The Million Dollar Bagel: Harvard Doctor Fights Back

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2012 | Health News
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

It is dismaying that a Harvard Medical School physician would argue against a new law calling for more transparency in physicians' financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies.

Why Are Kids Suddenly So Sick?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

Giving a name to difficult problems that are poorly understood provides a kind of false comfort, but the label often doesn't really add to the understanding and may carry risks of its own -- especially unnecessary treatment, stigma and wasted resources.

7 Myths About Child Mental Health

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Debunking myths about child mental health is critical to getting more children the help and understanding they deserve.

'We've Got Issues': The Myth Of The Overmedicated Child

Judith Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judith Warner

It's time for us to rethink our certainties about the state of children's mental health in America. Maybe then we can move forward with making the promises of our era real for the children who need help the most.