June 15: Ritalin for children is “quick fix” and should be reviewed, demand psychologists - The Association of Educational Psychologists fears there is insufficient data on the effects psychotropic drugs have on child development.
Aug 2: Psychiatrists and psychologists could diagnose children with five new mental disorders - American Psychiatric Association suggests additional conditions to be included in DSM.
Feb 22: Children on mental health wards at five-year high - figures released in response to parliamentary question from MP Natasha Engel
18: Government to provide web mental health training for professionals
working with children -
pledge aims to help workers alert to how mental health problems
can present themselves.
24: Sharp rise in anorexia hospital admissions
decade, the number of admissions among girls aged 16 and under jumped
from 256 to 462
30: ADHD drugs are beneficial, say European investigators -
no urgent restriction to methylphenidate needed says regulatory
26: CBT in the classroom to be piloted - if successful the cognitive
therapy at school could be rolled out to the rest of the UK, says
Professor Paul Stallard
22: Children may still be on adult psychiatric wards - says
Steve Shrubb, director of the NHS Confederation's Mental Health
27: Council to "champion” good mental health of children
in Britain - new body to “hold government to account”
on delivery of CAMHS review's recommendations.
2: NHS shown “determination” to stop children being
put on adult psychiatric wards - says
1: Drugs should not be first-line treatment for ADHD, doctors told
- and NICE says medication should not be prescribed at all to pre-school
children with ADHD.
April 25: Children on
ADHD drugs should have heart test, -
US scientific statement follows fears the drugs can lead to sudden
20: No increased suicidal behaviour of children after anti-depressant
study rebuffs concerns after doctors were advised not to prescribe
SSRIs to under 18s
21: Government to consider review of ADHD causes and treatments
- Lords statement made following peer's concerns over prescribing
14: "Investigate ADHD drugs" peer to urge
Baroness Susan Greenfield, a professor of pharmacology, says "time
is ripe for an inquiry exploring the actual causes of ADHD"
26: Prescriptions given to children for psychiatric diagnoses quadruples
in decade - figures obtained by David Laws, Liberal Democrat
shadow children's secretary
31: Children sexually harassed on adult psychiatric wards, report
states - shortage of hospital beds and services for under 18-year-olds
10: Extra 100,000 young people treated by child and adolescent mental
health service teams
15: Prozac can be prescribed for children as young as eight –
but only if they are also having psychological therapy, European
drugs regulator rules.
May 10: Screen
test - A policy to screen the US population, including preschool
children, for undiagnosed mental illness is well underway. But is
screening effective and would it be accepted in the UK? Adam
Disordered thinking? - the prescribing of ADHD drugs is soaring,
while concerns are escalating about dangerous side effects. Is it
time the social and family lives of ADHD-diagnosed children are
examined as much as their brains, asks Adam
31: Prescribing of drugs to treat ADHD children doubled in six years
- figures revealed by National Institute for Health and Clinical
Excellence as it starts work on ADHD clinical guidelines
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