Childhood Cancer Survivors More Likely To Develop Mental Health Disorders Later In Life (study)

Navy Yard Shooter Sought No VA Mental Health Care

AP Aaron Alexis nt 130918 16x9 608 Navy Yard Shooter Sought No VA Mental Health Care

“The headlines 10 years back were, ‘Mothers don’t breastfeed enough; Is something wrong with mothers?'”Dr. Alison Stuebe, an OB-GYN and assistant professor of maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina told HuffPost. “We’ve recognized that this is crazy. Let’s fix the system rather than going after moms.'” More Kids Taking Antipsychotics The number of kids and teens being prescribed antipsychotics has soared, an August study in the Archives of General Psychiatry found. Psychiatrists now prescribe the drugs in one out of every three office visits with children, and increasingly for off label use — namely, the treatment of ADHD. The latter in particular, experts told HuffPost, is cause for serious concern: “Although antipsychotic medications can deliver rapid improvement in children with severe conduct problems and aggressive behaviors, it is not clear whether they are helpful for the larger group of children with ADHD,” study author Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, said.
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During each visit, Alexis told VA doctors that he was not struggling with anxiety or depression, or had thoughts about harming himself or others when they posed those questions to him, the department said. (Image Credit: Courtesy of Kristi Suthamtewakul/AP Photo) Shooter Carved BETTER OFF THIS WAY Into Shotgun Alexis went to the emergency room at the VA Medical Center in Providence, R.I., Aug. 23,complaining of insomnia, according to a VA statement released today. After a medical examination, he was given a small amount of medication to help him sleep and was instructed to follow up with a primary-care provider.
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