How to strengthen PCPs’ mental health training
A new nationwide program helps primary care providers (PCPs) with mental health training to better address routine psychosocial issues in children and their families.
Becoming comfortable with diagnosing depression in pediatricsOctober 30th 2019
For many of us in pediatrics, depression and other related diagnoses can present a challenge. Our counterparts who treat adults see and treat depression more often and are often more comfortable with both diagnosis and treatment. It's time to work on this.
How Oregon laws tackle teen mental health and suicide riskSeptember 11th 2019
Oregon has passed several new laws aimed at suicide prevention, with 2 of those specifically targeting students by offering excused mental health days and requiring school districts to develop comprehensive suicide prevention plans for at-risk students.
Does fast food increase risk of depression in teens?August 30th 2019
Fast food is a common element of many teenagers’ diets. This ubiquitous nature has frustrated pediatric providers fighting the tide of pediatric obesity, but a new small study from University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers indicates that another negative consequence could be an increased risk of depression.
Riddle me this: Depression, suicide, and the screening imperativeMarch 2nd 2019
This month’s quiz will test your knowledge of key diagnostic points in the screening process for depression in primary care. You’ll test your knowledge on 5 key points. Each point gives you context for the correct answer-and, most importantly, provides valuable resources.
Too few teenagers are screened for depressionMarch 1st 2019
Whereas rates of screening for adolescent major depressive disorder (MDD) have increased in recent years, they still are insufficient to address the current mental health crisis among adolescents, an analysis of countrywide data for 413,080 12- to 14-year-olds showed.
Role of infectious disease in mental illness developmentFebruary 18th 2019
Infections and how they are treated early in life may impact how mental health disorders develop early on, according to a new report, highlighting the need for a better understanding of the mind/body connection.
LGBT teens and suicide risk: How you can helpJanuary 10th 2019
The teenaged years are difficult across the board, but a report highlights the additional challenges for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) adolescents and calls to attention their increased risk for suicide attempts.
Latest recommendations for perinatal depression and counseling (VIDEO)September 20th 2018
For Contemporary Pediatrics, Dr Bobby Lazzara discusses the draft statement from the US Preventive Services Task Force on the need to refer pregnant women at risk of perinatal depression to appropriate counseling.
Screening is critical to identify behavioral and mental health problemsSeptember 20th 2018
Mental health is a critical component of pediatric overall health. Early recognition of subtle signs and symptoms of mental health problems followed by immediate treatment is an equally critical element to ensure the establishment of normal mental health throughout development.
Improve mental health access: Collaboration, integration, and telepsychiatrySeptember 1st 2018
Pediatricians are quite capable of caring for both the physical and mental health of patients. Here is how embedding mental health services into your practice and collaborating with community mental health professionals can accomplish both.