Too Much “Screen Time” May Lead to Substance Use
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping daily television viewing to no more than two hours per day, on the basis of research linking excessive TV to behavioral problem, poor body image, and other issues (AAP Policy Statement, Pediatrics 2001;107(2):423– 426). Recently a group of researchers in Kentucky conducted a study to examine whether time spent watching TV or playing video games in elementary school correlates with substance use.
Previous studies found a correlation between the amount ...
CCPR: Depression in teenagers can present quite differently from both adults and younger kids. Can you help us to understand how to go about diagnosing depression in teens?
I look for functional impairment when diagnosing depression in a teenager. So if I have a kid who has done relatively well in school and suddenly his or her grades are plummeting, that is a big red flag. Or if ...
CCPR: Child psychiatrists have a lot of kids come into our office with problems related to temper tantrums, explosive episodes, etc. You have developed a process for working with these kids. Tell us about it.
Collaborative Problem Solving views challenging behavior, like temper tantrums, as the result of lagging skills, not necessarily a symptom of a disease. It involves working with a child to get to the root of ...
What is the Minimum Effective Dose of OROS Methylphenidate for Adolescents?
Dosing stimulants is never easy. There are various rules of thumb—for example, 0.5 mg/kg for amphetamine preparations and 1 mg/kg for methylphenidate preparations—but these have not been empirically validated. Ortho- McNeil Janssen funded a recent study designed to define the optimal dose of their medication OROS methylphenidate (Concerta, a controlled release MPH that lasts for 10 to 12 hours) for adolescents.
Two hundred and twenty ...