COMMENTARY

APA 2012 Highlights Not to Miss

Robert L. Findling, MD

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April 30, 2012

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Hello. My name is Dr. Robert Findling. I am Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University. Today I will be talking about the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), in Philadelphia.

As most of our viewers know, the APA meeting is not specifically focused on child and adolescent psychiatry. Although the amount of the APA Annual Meeting that is devoted to child and adolescent psychiatry varies from year to year, I am very glad to say that a substantial amount of this year's meeting should be directly relevant to those who are particularly interested in child and adolescent mental health issues.

On Saturday, May 5, there will be a symposium in the morning that will focus on cross-cultural issues and how they pertain to the treatment of youths with psychotropic agents. Later that day, there will be a scientific and clinical report that considers attentional disorders. These conditions in both adult and pediatric patients will be reviewed.

On Sunday, a course will specifically deal with the assessment and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder across the life cycle.

On Saturday afternoon, there will be an entire symposium focused on the needs of youngsters who are the offspring of adult patients with psychiatric conditions. On Tuesday, there will be a 3-hour-long symposium presenting information about psychosocial treatments for pediatric patients suffering from bipolar disorders.

In addition, there will be an update on recent advances in pediatric psychopharmacology on Tuesday morning. I have the privilege of co-chairing that session. There will also be an entire workshop focusing on the assessment of suicidal behavior in the young.

Areas of professional growth will be considered as well. There will be a workshop reviewing career development strategies for child and adolescent psychiatry. On Wednesday, an entire symposium will focus on borderline personality disorder with onset during adolescence. At the same time, there will be a symposium on trichotillomania and a symposium on adolescent substance abuse.

I should bring the viewers' attention to the fact that I pointed out only some of the presentations that are directly relevant to those who treat young patients. Hopefully you are convinced that there is a substantial amount of content at this year's APA meeting covering a wide range of topics that are pertinent to children as well as teenagers. I find the APA meeting to be quite large, and for that reason, I frequently find it hard to choose which sessions to attend. After reviewing a few items from this year's meeting, hopefully you will have a head start in making your own choices about how to spend your time at this year's meeting.

I hope you enjoy your time at the APA Annual Meeting. I'm Dr. Robert Findling. Thank you for watching.

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