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Depressed Preschoolers Show Brain Changes, Scans Find

A brain region that processes emotions works differently in preschoolers with depression than in those without the mental health disorder, a new study shows.

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ADHD Drugs Don't Boost Kids' Grades

It's no longer shocking to hear of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder—and others simply facing a big test—taking ADHD medicine to boost their performance in school. But new studies point to a problem: There's little evidence that the drugs actually improve academic outcomes.

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The Pharmacotherapy of Maladaptive Aggression in Children

Opinion piece:   The approach to the pharmacotherapy of maladaptive aggression in children is similar to the one that a clinician might pursue when considering any psychopharmacological treatment for a child. Do a meticulous assessment while ensuring safety. Weigh the therapeutic options. Carefully think about the putative risks and benefits of the medications. But also thoughtfully consider the risks associated with continued dysfunction and suffering versus the possible benefits of symptom amelioration.

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NIMH Withdraws Support for DSM-V

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Bipolar Disorder Drugs May 'Tweak' Genes Affecting Brain

Medications taken by people with bipolar disorder may actually be nudging hundreds of genes that direct the brain to behave more normally, according to new research. 

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