Pinwheel Education Series: Psychiatric Conditions and Metabolic Syndrome

Pinwheel Education Series: Psychiatric Conditions and Metabolic Syndrome

Date:

Thursday June 28, 2012

Time:

12pm - 1pm

Location:
Details:

Psychiatric medications such as second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) are often used to treat certain mental health conditions in children and youth. They can help to reduce symptoms such as aggression, mood swings, difficult behaviour and problems knowing what is real and what is imaginary (psychosis). All medications have side effects, and these side effects can be different for each person. SGAs have some common side effects that can include: weight gain, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. If three or more of these symptoms are present, this is called metabolic syndrome. Our panel will address how families and youth can utilize healthy living skills to help manage some of these side effects. 

Speakers: 

  • Dr. Jana Davidson, Vice President Medical Affairs and Psychiatrist in Chief, Children's and Women's Mental Health Programs, Children's and Women's Health Centre of BC
  • Dr. Diane Fredrikson, Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) metabolic program
  • Parent/Youth Speaker 

Resources:

Pinwheel Education Series: Psychiatric Conditions and Metabolic Syndrome Recording
Listen to this recording as our panel will addresses how families and youth can utilize healthy living skills to help manage some of the side effects of some psychiatric medications.

BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.