Integrating mental health services within the primary care setting would help to provide continuity of care and benefit a myriad of issues faced by children with mental illness and the pediatricians who care for them.
Much has changed in research about children with irritability in recent years, notes Ellen Leibenluft, MD, chief of the Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Teenagers with a mental disorder who see a school psychologist first are more likely to go to their pediatrician or family doctor for subsequent care, but few seek out a mental health specialist, a recent analysis finds.
More than 70% of primary care visits are related to psychosocial issues, including anxiety and depression. Although few primary care physicians currently have the resources to help patients address those issues, a new program may show that investing in those services is worthwhile both for the provider and the patient.
Before adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) head off to college and away from home, many for the first time, their pediatricians need to initiate frank discussions about how ADHD will affect them both academically and in their daily living and to help them plan a successful transition to what lies ahead.