2018 Annual Meeting Institute 7 Notebook
2018 Annual Meeting Institute 7 Notebook
Developmental Considerations in Substance Use Disorders: From Pregnancy to Puberty and Beyond
Child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychiatrists in general clinical practice learn the developmental factors influencing the occurrence of substance use disorders (SUD) and can use this information to confidently implement practical, evidence-based strategies to identify and manage SUD in clinical practice. SUD are often chronic conditions perpetuated across generations, and they can begin, recur, or worsen at any age or stage of life. Presentations examine research on differences in brain function between youth with family history versus no family history of SUD before exposure to drugs, the effects of initial drug exposure on the developing brain, and the relationship between age of first use and later SUD. Also discussed are exposure to substances during pregnancy; the presence of childhood psychopathology, e.g., mood and disruptive behavior disorder; how clinical symptoms of SUD present at different stages of development; and screening and treatment interventions, including those that target prevention.
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