A new law in Vermont allows youth to consent for outpatient mental health treatment without parental involvement. Find out more about the new law and what it means from David Rettew, MD, child psychiatrist at the UVM Medical Center. Watch the video or read the transcript that follows. WCAX: Welcome back, everyone, mental health continues […]

Should children take medication to help them sleep? David Rettew, MD, child psychiatrist at the UVM Children’s Hospital, answered that question and more for WCAX-TV. What follows is a transcript of that interview. Interviewer: Well, we all certainly need our sleep and that’s especially true for kids and their developing bodies and minds. So, should […]

Every child approaches the world in which they live in in their own unique way. Whether a kid approaches a new school year like a great adventure or a scary one is all about those differences. You may have heard of the difference between introverts and extroverts. There are also many psychiatrists who see kids […]

Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult for you to overcome insomnia? What we know about insomnia is that it is pervasive. Ten to twenty percent of people in the United States have chronic insomnia, and there are similar estimates worldwide. Of the millions of people who struggle with sleepless nights, some experience […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Let’s take a moment to consider how to identify someone with a mental health issue. This is especially important because we now have good treatments for many psychiatric problems. The longer one waits to get treatment, the harder it is to get better. First off, mental disorders are common, […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Join David Rettew, MD, for a Facebook Live broadcast on May 15, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the University of Vermont Medical Center Facebook Page.  When I was first asked to write a blog post on how to assess one’s own mental health, I first thought […]

The incidence of autism spectrum disorder jumped about 120 percent in the first decade of this century. A 2016 national survey puts the number at 1 in 45 children from the ages of 3 to 17. Overall it’s estimated about three-and-a-half million Americans live with autism. Listen to an interview with Jeremiah Dickerson, MD, a child […]

At one time or another, most of us have experienced the racing thoughts and fears that come with stress. Here, Beth Robbins, PsyD, shares strategies on how to reduce stress throughout your busy day. Q: It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t experienced periods of stress and anxiety. Do you think it’s worse today, or […]

At what point does shyness become social anxiety disorder, activity become ADHD, or quirkiness become autism? These important questions occupy not only parents trying to do right by their kids, but also mental health professionals who are asked to render opinions about the presence or absence of psychiatric disorders.  When parents bring in their child […]