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When worrying gets in the way of a child’s functioning, parents need to get help rather than arranging the child’s life to avoid the occasions of anxiety.
In this two-part Special Report, the authors provide evidence-based information to guide our assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD across the lifespan.
A new study suggests that excess recreational screen time may have a deleterious effect on cognitive development, in addition to leading to less sleep and physical activity.
The study by Vermeulen and colleagues in this issue adds to the small but growing body of literature on patient safety for people with serious mental illness. The authors found that in Pennsylvania, incidents concerning patient safety were common in inpatient psychiatric units at acute care general hospitals. This finding is consistent with prior studies demonstrating high rates of medical errors and adverse events during psychiatric as well as medical and surgical hospitalizations for people with serious mental illness.
Suicide in the United States is a major public health concern. It is routinely among the top 10 leading causes of death, and suicide rates continue to increase. It is a sensitive, high-stakes topic, with both high stigma and high consequences. It is also difficult for clinicians to anticipate. If one were to treat 100,000 outpatients in a large integrated health system, 23,000 of them will report having thought about suicide for at least several days of the past 2 weeks, 103 of them will attempt suicide in the next 30 days, and eight will die by suicide in the next 30 days (1). In the month before, one-quarter of the patients who eventually die by suicide will say that they never think about suicide. This breakdown illustrates the complex interplay among various suicide statistics that make it so challenging to anticipate which individuals are at risk of dying by suicide.
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