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    Recognizing and Responding to Psychotic Disorders in Pediatric Primary Care 12/10/2021

    Introduction While typically way beyond the scope of general pediatric practice, the primary care pediatrician can play a critical role in early identification and appropriate referral of patients with psychotic disorders. This is the first of a series of newsletters exploring this important clinical concern. What is Psychosis? Psychosis is characterized by impairments in thought, […]

    Recommended Transition Interventions for ASD/DD Youth 11/8/2021

    Reality……Autistic Children Become Autistic Adults! Services drop off and jobs are hard to come by. Most research on autism focuses on kids. Most adults with autism (85%) live with their parents after high school 85% of ASD adults who graduate from college are unemployed Unemployment among people with autism is approximately 90 percent 40% will […]

    Kids’ Drawings—a different type of lab data 10/18/2021

    Scientific psychological investigations of children’s drawing have been reported for well over 100 years and the extensive literature describes the utility of children’s graphic productions as tools in assessing general developmental parameters and in evaluating for various neurologic, cognitive and emotional issues. While interpretation of the significance of such drawings, particularly in the arena of […]

    The Good News: Delivering Bad News Well Makes a Difference 10/8/21

    Effective communication with patients and their families is central to our work as healers. We share information, answer questions, and provide guidance. At times, we deliver news we wish we did not have to give. The good news is that the skills necessary to share difficult diagnoses can be learned and refined over time, just […]

    Opioid Use Disorders: Assessment and Treatment 9/17/21

    A person can be diagnosed as having an opioid use disorder if he or she develops symptoms of tolerance and withdrawal to opioids in association with various behavioral profiles, described below. Tolerance is defined as either needing a larger amount to achieve the same effect or having less effect from the same amount. Withdrawal is […]

    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) 9/8/2021

    Most children exhibit oppositional and defiant behavior at least some of the time.  Particularly in young and early latency age children, these behaviors are considered developmentally appropriate.   The key to considering a diagnosis of ODD is that the child’s behaviors have to be pervasive and occur across multiple settings and be present in a pervasive […]

    Heading Back to School in the COVID-19 Pandemic 9/1/2021

    Students nationwide are returning to school after over a year of virtual or hybrid learning. Most youth across San Diego were prompted to smile with their eyes for their memorable first day of school photos. Masks, hand-sanitizers, and distanced drop-offs are new additions to the school routine. Regular first day of school jitters about new […]

    Late Onset ADHD  — when might it be for real?? 8/23/2021

    Today’s article is a follow up to last week’s newsletter that address the patterns of persistence of ADHD symptomatology through late adolescence and into early adulthood.  The results of that study are strongly suggestive that ongoing monitoring is warranted for many of these individuals throughout their teen years and into their early adult years as […]

    Residual ADHD Symptomatology Persisting into Adulthood 8/16/2021

    A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry presents data that suggests that up to 90% of children diagnosed as having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may continue to experience intermittent residual symptoms of the disorder into young adulthood.  This finding runs counter to general clinical consensus that only one-third to one-half of youth persist […]

    Discussing Their Futures with Kids in Primary Care 8/3/2021

    Erik Erikson, Ph.D., a lay psychoanalyst, was a great thinker, skilled clinician, and compelling writer who viewed human psychology in a developmental context.  His schema describes nine major psychosocial developmental stages and the associated psychological challenges, from infancy to the end of life. Today’s newsletter discusses how a primary care provider, working within the time […]