Pediatric psychopharmacology in primary care: A conceptual framework

Mark A Riddle, Susan Dos Reis, Gloria M. Reeves, Lawrence S Wissow, David B. Pruitt, Jane Meschan Foy

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In a 2009 policy statement focused on children's mental health, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that pediatric primary care physicians achieve competence in initiating care for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and substance use/abuse. Because treatment for 3 of these conditions-ADHD, anxiety, and depression-may, under certain conditions, include medication, the primary purpose of this article is to offer guidance to assist primary care physicians in decision-making about their use of psychotropic medications for these conditions. A few medications with proven efficacy and safety are emphasized. Secondarily, other medications that may be useful for other disorders are noted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-390
Number of pages20
JournalAdolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Riddle, M. A., Dos Reis, S., Reeves, G. M., Wissow, L. S., Pruitt, D. B., & Foy, J. M. (2013). Pediatric psychopharmacology in primary care: A conceptual framework. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, 24(2), 371-390.