Screening Children for Behavioral and Emotional Problems

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines on screening children for behavioral and emotional problems. The new guidelines include steps for pediatricians to follow to implement a screening system in their office. This system can help better diagnose symptoms and provide appropriate referrals for additional treatment.

To learn more about the updated screening guidelines, visit NEJM Journal Watch.

Many Children with ADHD May Be Missing Out on Talk Therapy

A new study found that only 1 out of 4 children taking medication for ADHD also receives talk therapy. The study’s findings highlight concerns that doctors may be simply prescribing medications for behavior problems instead of targeting each child’s specific problems.

“Drug therapy targets the core symptoms of ADHD, but when you talk about other aspects of functioning like educational performance and conduct problems, it appears that talk therapy may improve outcomes for many children,” says lead author Dr. Walid Gellad who is adjunct scientist at the nonprofit research organization RAND Corporation. “In some kids, it is better than drug therapy alone.”

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