Stories about: Department of Psychiatry

Managing anxiety in primary care pediatrics

managing anxiety in children

Anxiety is common in children and adolescents, but at what point does it cross the line and become a mental health concern? Notes posed this question to clinical psychologist Keneisha Sinclair-McBride, PhD, and child psychiatrist Olivia Carrick, MD, both in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s, and asked their management advice. …Read More

Helping Teens with Depression

A recent study published in Pediatrics set off alarm bells for many people who care for teens and young adults. The researchers found an increase in the rate of depression in this population between 2005 and 2014. The most dramatic rise was in girls ages 12 to 18.

Yet, despite the rising numbers of young people facing depression, the study found no correlating increase in the number of teens or young adults seeking treatment. This is worrisome to the study’s authors, who called for more outreach efforts from pediatricians and school health services.

“Overall, I think many Massachusetts pediatricians are doing an excellent job of diagnosing and managing depression in young people,” says Oscar Bukstein, MD, MPH, associate psychiatrist-in-chief and vice chairman of psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital. “We’re going in the right direction, but we have a huge population. There’s really no other chronic condition that affects such a large percentage of the population. And the numbers are rising.” …Read More

Medication adherence: Lessons from kids with chronic conditions

medication adherenceThe American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days per week.

The American Dental Association promotes flossing every day.

The Food and Drug Administration’s 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advises we consume less than 10 percent of our calories from added sugars, and also less than 10 percent from saturated fats.

How many of us actually do what we’re told, though?

The Center for Disease Control estimates that 80 percent of American adults do not follow the exercise recommendation, and a survey by a dental association found that 60 percent of adults do not follow the flossing guidelines. With almost two thirds of Americans now overweight, our collective commitment to those pesky dietary guidelines falls short as well. As a group, it seems we are not very good at following doctors’ orders. …Read More