Recent efforts to stimulate research in pediatric psychopharmacology have resulted in increased interest in the effects of psychotropic medications in children and adolescents. This interest is reflected in the number of studies that have been reported or initiated during the past year. As a means of providing a brief update on the progress of child psychopharmacology, research reports either published or presented at national meetings in 1999 are selectively reviewed here. Relevant initiatives recently started under the sponsorship of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) are also reviewed. Most studies have been directed at testing treatments of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but also studies of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in patients with obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders are well represented. The efforts of NIMH to focus on effectiveness research and direct comparisons of pharmacologic, psychosocial, and combined treatment modalities are apparent in recent initiatives in ADHD and depression. Research of treatments for youths with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, and eating disorders is still scanty and in urgent need of expansion.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health