Thursday, September 17, 2015

Meds for Kids, College Helps Aspies, More

TWO CAUTIONARY STORIES are in the news this morning about drugs for kids. The first is about the antidepressant Paxil and how original drug trial data has now been reanalyzed to show that it was more dangerous for teens than originally thought. The second is about the antipsychotic Risperdal and how it might have been over-marketed for uses other than its original use (treating schizophrenia in adults), uses that included treating autism in kids. 

ILLINOIS COLLEGE HELPS ASPIES. Eastern Illinois University, in Charleston, has launched a new program to help undergraduates who have autism and might need extra support. The program offers extra acclimatization, mentoring, and support groups, among other features. Read more.

ADHD/AUTISM DIAGNOSIS INTERFERENCE. Being diagnosed with ADHD can delay a diagnosis of autism in children who have both, according to a study published in Pediatrics and written up at Medscape. Compared to children who had only ASD, children with comorbid ADHD and ASD were diagnosed with ASD about three years later. The upshot? More vigilance for ASD when children present with ADHD symptoms. Find the write-up.

BPD: A "TANGLE" OF SYMPTOMS. An article in the Washington Post describes one young woman's struggle with borderline personality disorder and the efforts of scientists to understand the symptoms and appropriate treatments of the disorder. Of note is that BPD sufferers commit suicide at a rate higher than sufferers of depression or schizophrenia, and that BPD might affect 16 million Americans. Find the article.

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. Don't forget that this site has a variety of tools and resources besides the articles we often point to. For example, there's a Parents' Guide to Getting Good Care (for children). It includes a mental health guide, symptom checker, guide to mental health specialists, guide to learning specialists, guide to evidence-based treatments, and more. Find the Guide.

ADHD OR OCD -- ADDitude offers on its site a 10-slide guide for differentiating the two conditions. Go there.

TALKING TO TEACHER about executive function issues is the topic of a nine-slide guide at the site of Understood. Tip 1: Request a meeting early in the school year. Find this and the other tips.

WRIGHTSLAW. Need to get organized to advocate for your child's special needs treatment this school year? Wrightslaw offers a checklist to get you on track, along with other tools to help make this year successful. Find out more.

AND FINALLY THIS -- for educators. Fed up with the rat race? Want to teach where parents live a self-sufficient, "alternative" lifestyle in an "idyllic" but out-of-the-way Scottish community? Where your class size will be only five children? There's a place for you -- find out where.

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