12/7/2023 Grand Rounds

Pharmacotherapy of Severe Mood Dysregulation


Oscar Gary Bukstein, MD, MPH
Director, Outpatient Psychiatry Service, Boston Children’s Hospital;
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Bukstein’s presentation will highlight recent studies of the pharmacotherapy of severe mood dysregulation in children and adolescents. He will discuss the therapeutic and adverse effects of stimulants and other ADHD medications, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics on dysregulated mood, especially in children with particularly aggressive behavior. A treatment algorithm will be presented.

Learning Objectives:
    1. Describe recent research findings regarding psychopharmacology of mood disorders in children.
    2. List therapeutic and adverse effects of medications commonly used mood in mood disorders.
    3. Describe the treatment regimen outlined in the presented algorithm.