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October 2009

Divalproex for Mania in Children and Adolescents: A Negative Study
The first double-blind study of divalproex (Depakote) in pediatric patients with bipolar disorder found no greater efficacy than placebo.

Chamomile Calms
A double-blind study suggests efficacy for chamomile as an alternative treatment for anxiety.

Quetiapine for GAD and MDD
In a variety of studies, quetiapine (Seroquel) was found to be effective in treating generalized anxiety and major depressive disorders.

In Brief
Valproate Does Not Improve Agitation in Patients with Dementia; Three More Atypical Antipsychotics May Be Approved for Pediatric Patients

Child and Adolescent Topics
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Quetiapine for GAD and MDD

October 2009

Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) who do not respond completely to first- or second-line treatments sometimes receive prescriptions for antipsychotics, either as monotherapy or in addition to their antidepressant or antianxiety medications. Last year,…

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