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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health