A pediatrician reflects on the mental health of children and the systems that are trying to help them.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
From MCPAP: Useful information
From the folks at MCPAP:
According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, both cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and sertraline (Zoloft) reduce the severity of anxiety in children diagnosed with anxiety disorder. The study goes on to show that a combination of the two therapies show superior results.
How can a primary care clinician actually know whether the therapy that his/her patient is receiving is true CBT? Many therapists state that they practice CBT techniques. However, few have been formally trained and supervised to administer CBT.
Our newly designed website contains an article which illustrates the differences between CBT and other therapies. This article written by Sara Brewer, MD, child psychiatrist at our Baystate MCPAP hub, can be found exclusively in the Spotlight section of our newly designed website at www.mcpap.com.
If you missed our forums on the MassHealth mandated behavioral health screening tools, be sure to download a copy of our Primary Care Behavioral Health Toolkit available at our new website. Also available on our website is the CRAFFT toolkit(acronym) for Car, Relax, Alone, Forget Friends, Trouble). The CRAFFT screens for substance abuse
Our newly designed website also contains helpful information and many links to behavioral health resources.