“How to Help a Child With an Anxiety Disorder” AND More on Best 5 Friday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin!

1) How to Help a Child With an Anxiety Disorder

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.

2) Introduction: The Evolution of ADHD

In this two-part Special Report, the authors provide evidence-based information to guide our assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of ADHD across the lifespan.

3) Less Recreational Screen Time Tied to Better Cognition in Kids

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.

4) Prioritizing Safety Among Patients With Serious Mental Illness

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.

5) Anticipating Suicide Will Be Hard, But This Is Progress

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.

Thank you and have a nice weekend!

Best Regards,

Vikram


3 thoughts on ““How to Help a Child With an Anxiety Disorder” AND More on Best 5 Friday Reads

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s