Children`s mental health

Child Development and Depression

In a paper in JAMA Psychiatry available here, Luby et al reported the results of their investigation of the relationship between childhood depression and grey matter development in a cohort of young depressed children. They concluded that study demonstrated “an association between early childhood depression and the trajectory of cortical gray matter development in late […]

Gender Identity

Interesting article on Medscape (here) this week that highlights changing attitudes to the medical treatment of people with gender identity dysphoria. The trend seems to be towards an increasingly biological view of the issue. Certainly some of the very positive reported outcomes for such patients are encouraging. The Royal College of Psychiatrists in UK has […]

Pregnancy and depression

The debate on antidepressants in pregnancy continues with an article published in JAMA Pediatrics (available here) by Boukhris this week that concludes: Use of antidepressants, specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, during the second and/or third trimester increases the risk of ASD in children, even after considering maternal depression. Further research is needed to specifically assess […]

What traditional societies can teach us about raising children

Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel, has a very interesting new book that devotes a chapter to examining how children are raised in traditional communities. The book is called ‘The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies‘ and makes fascinating reading.

Depression in children and screen time

I found a reuters news article that linked to an interesting paper on the association between depression and screen time in children (reuters article and paper both available here.) It seems that very long periods of time every day in front of TV or computer screens are associated with higher risk of depression, but modest […]

Methylphenidate for ADHD in Children

A Cochrane review has recently been published, reviewing the research evidence for the efficacy of methylphenidate for ADHD in children and adolescents. It is available in the Cochrane Library here. It concludes that though some of the outcome measures show a clear beneficial effect for methylphenidate, that the evidence is comparatively weak given how methylphenidate […]

Suicidal thoughts in depressed children

I came across a paper by Whalen et al (available here,) published this month in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry via a Medscape article on suicidal thoughts in children. The Medscape article title was extremely misleading, presenting the prevalence of suicidal cognitions and behavior among the children studied as a background rate, and not accounting for […]