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Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Issues

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Recent work has established that, contrary to being uncommon, childhood-onset bipolar disorder (BD) may account for a significant number of child psychiatry referrals (Faedda et al., 1995; Geller and Luby, 1997; Weller et al., 1995; Weller et al., 1986). Studies indicate that up to 16% of youth in child psychiatry clinics may have BD (Wozniak et al., 1995). Moreover, children with major depression are at high risk to develop BD (Geller et al., 1994; Strober and Carlson,… Continue

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Alternative Treatments for Postpartum Depression

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Following delivery, approximately 13% of new mothers experience a major depressive episode (Wisner et al., 2002). This rate translates to hundreds of thousands of women in the United States each year. This widespread condition affects not only the mother but also the child; numerous studies have documented an adverse effect on children's cognitive and social development from exposure to maternal depression in the first year of life (Hay et al., 2001). Women with a previous… Continue

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To Understand Depression, Look to Psychobiology, Not Biopsychiatry

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - I was called to the emergency room late one evening to evaluate a 50-year-old man who had taken an overdose of his antidepressant medications mirtazapine (Remeron) and trazodone (Desyrel). "Ed," who had diabetes, also claimed to have injected 170 units of short-acting, regular insulin (his daily dose was 15 units). He called his estranged wife and told her what he had done. She immediately phoned a man who lived in the house where her husband rented a room, and he dialed… Continue

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