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To Medicate or Not to Medicate?

Melissa P. DelBello, MD

Published: July 16, 2007

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In this issue of "Focus on Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health," we present 4 articles describing when medication may and may not be the treatment of choice for youth with psychopathology and when other nonpharmacologic interventions may be helpful. The studies we present not only improve our understanding of the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of medications for novel indications or populations, but also provide additional tolerability and safety data regarding the use of these agents in pediatric populations. Yoo and colleagues examined aripiprazole for the treatment of tic disorders in an 8-week open-label study of 24 youth.’ ‹

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