Maryanne Doherty

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The autistic child's problems with language may be an impairment in symbolic functioning that affects all forms of communication, including representational thought and the ability to play creatively. The hypothesis that autistic children specifically do not project symbolic meaning onto toys (which is not associated with other conditions causing severe(More)
The authors explored the depressive symptomatology in 9 hospitalized preschool children with suicidal thoughts and behaviors and compared them with 16 suicidal and 16 behavior-disordered outpatient preschoolers. Results indicate that suicidal preschool-age inpatients show significantly more morbid ideas, depressed mood, weepiness, and parental(More)
BACKGROUND About one-third of U.S. children are overweight or obese and the number is even higher among Hispanics children (41%). In this regards, the time spent in sedentary behaviours is higher among Hispanic children versus non-Hispanic white children. But whether the home environment contributes to the obesity disparity among Hispanic children through(More)
Current emphasis on reducing length of hospital stay has stimulated a review of the philosophical, clinical, and administrative approaches to brief psychiatric hospitalization of children. A model of time-limited hospitalization on an eight-bed children's unit was designed to stabilize the patients and triage them back to appropriate levels of community(More)
The association between depressive symptomatology and failure of cortisol suppression following dexamethasone administration is explored in a preschool age tertiary care psychiatric population. Clinical research investigation of 16 preschoolers, including 13 inpatients and three outpatients, indicates that a broad range of DSM-III depressive symptomatology(More)
A growing body of evidence has highlighted the sexual side effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medication. Whilst most of the research has focused on the prevalence and treatment of sexual difficulties, little is known about how patients cope with the SSRI-related sexual side effects. The objective of this study was to explore women's(More)
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