Over the past 20 years, there has been a significant increase in the frequency with which children and adolescents receive prescription medication to manage their behavioral and psychological symptoms. As a person who works with children and families who seek psychiatric help, it is important for you to know about the types of medications used, common side effects, and ways that these medications help those who take them. This course will teach you key information about how medications are used to treat children and adolescents who have psychiatric disorders.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Medications and Children with Mental Illness A. Meet Jessica B. Mental Illness in Children/Adolescents C. Special Considerations for Children D. Questions To Ask About Medications E. Whose Consent is Needed? F. Summary Section 3: Specific Medications and Their Uses A. Stimulant Medications B. Nonstimulant Medications for ADHD C. Antidepressants D. Antipsychotics and Mood Stabilizers E. Anxiety Medications F. Let’s Review G. Summary Section 4: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!
David Patzer, M.D. has been practicing child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry for nearly 20 years. His education includes an undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a medical degree from Northwestern Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. He completed residency training in General Adult Psychiatry at Yale University and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training at the Yale University Child Study Center. Dr. Patzer served as Assistant Professor at Yale and subsequently at the University of Arizona in Tucson teaching child psychiatry. He also attended the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Patzer is board certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction medicine, as well as licensed for practice in both Tennessee and Arizona. He has served in numerous director-level positions for child and adolescent psychiatry. He has also published numerous articles on developmental disorders and substance use disorders. Dr. Patzer currently serves as the Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Clinical Supervisor for Mental Health Cooperative in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also the Medical Director for the Middle Tennessee Bradford Health Services (Addiction Treatment) in Nashville, Franklin, and Clarksville, Tennessee. Disclosure: David Patzer, MD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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