June 1, 2012

New Guidelines to Curb Childhood Aggression


Childhood aggression is a common, yet complex behavior. New recommendations to aid in the care of youth have been released to primary care providers and mental health specialists. The new recommendations, created by Mayo Clinic researchers in collaboration with other research institutions include improving diagnosis and care and avoiding inappropriate use of medication…Researchers and practitioners agree that treating and managing aggression is generally difficult. More troubling, said Peter Jensen, M.D., a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist who led the development of the new guidelines, are that antipsychotics and mood-stabilizing drugs are increasingly prescribed to children on an outpatient basis to treat overt aggression.

Additional coverage: Science Blog, HealthCanal, Medical Xpress


Psych Central by Rick Nauert

Tags: childhood aggression, Dr. Peter Jensen, mental health, Psych Central, Psychology and Psychiatry, Research

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