Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child Advocate Report: Yale’s Psych Recommendations for Lanza Weren’t Sent or Included in Ed Records

Even though the parents of the gunman who took the lives of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School allowed doctors from Yale to share information with the school system, not all of the information was transmitted, according to a new report Friday from the Office of the Child Advocate.

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Report: Medical, School Professionals Missed Chances to Help Sandy Hook Shooter

Medical professionals and school staff missed multiple opportunities to help Adam Lanza with his severe emotional and psychiatric disorders before he burst into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, and shot dead 20 children and six educators, a Connecticut state review panel has concluded.

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Adam Lanza’s Mental Problems ‘Completely Untreated’ Before Newtown Shootings, Report Says

The report, based on a comprehensive examination of the medical and school histories of Mr. Lanza, 20, found he was “completely untreated in the years before the shooting” for psychiatric and physical ailments like anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and was also deprived of recommended services and drugs.

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Newtown Shooter’s Background Report Released

A new report on Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza finds he was mentally ill, anorexic, and untreated by his mother. There were troubling warning signs, but they weren’t picked up on.

“…Mrs. Lanza’s approach to trying to help him was to actually shelter him and protect him and pull him further away from the world, and that proved unfortunately to be a tragic mistake,” said Dr. Julian Ford of the Department of Psychiatry at the UConn Health Center.

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Child Advocate Report on Sandy Hook Shooting Finds Missed Opportunities

A report released today by the Office of the Child Advocate on the Sandy Hook School shootings finds missed opportunities and failures by health care providers to fully realize the depth of Adam Lanza’s mental illness.

Professor Julian Ford with the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice at UConn Health was one of six primary authors of the 112-page report released Friday.

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Coping with Back-to-School Anxiety

Anxious feelings are common and expected during times of transition or change and this can be especially true for children and teens going back to school or for first-timers starting kindergarten. During a segment on NBC Connecticut, UConn Health child psychologist Golda Ginsburg offers tips on how to help your child make a smooth transition back to the classroom. Aired August 26, 2014.

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Coping with Back-to-School Anxiety

As the summer begins to wind down and you start shopping for back-to-school supplies, don’t forget to equip your child with some good advice for making a smooth return to the classroom. Anxious feelings are common and expected during times of transition or change, and this can be especially true for children and teens going back to school or for first-timers starting kindergarten.

UConn Today asked internationally recognized child psychologist Golda Ginsburg for tips on how to handle those anxious feelings. Ginsburg, who recently joined UConn Health from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been developing and evaluating interventions for anxious youth for more than 20 years.

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