Psychiatric diagnoses and psychotropic medications in CHARGE syndrome: A pediatric survey

Lee E. Wachtel, Timothy S. Hartshorne, A. Nichole Dailor

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Abstract

Many children diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome demonstrate behavioral difficulties in addition to visual, hearing and other systemic impairments. Previous research has reported that children with CHARGE have increased rates of self-injury and aggression, as well as increased frequency of obsessive compulsive and autism spectrum disorders. This study asked parents to report not only the diagnoses given for their child's behavior problems, but also whether psychotropic medication interventions were prescribed, and which agents were chosen. Results of this study showed that according to parental report, anxiety disorders and pervasive developmental disorders were the most common psychiatric diagnoses assigned with antidepressant and antipsychotic medications the most frequently prescribed psychopharmacological agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-483
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • CHARGE syndrome
  • Deafblindness
  • Psychotropics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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