Treatment Approach

It's easy to know when your child has a cold or fever. However, a child's mental health issue may be harder to identify and deal with. But one can learn to recognize the symptoms. Anger, fear, sadness, anxiety or any other sudden changes in your child's behavior can signify a problem. And in many cases, a child psychiatrist or mental health professional with specific training geared towards children can help steer the patient towards a healthier outlook. 

What are some common mental health problems in children?

Common mental health problems in children are: 

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Behavior disorders
  • Depression

How does the child/adolescent psychiatrist treat their patients?

The child/adolescent psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders or behaviors that affect children, adolescents and their families. This professional can provide biological, psychological and social education with patients. Diagnosis begins with a comprehensive diagnostic examination to evaluate the problem with a focus on its physical, genetic, developmental, emotional, cognitive, educational, family and social components. Once a diagnosis is developed, then a treatment plan is designed. The provider discusses recommendations with the patient and family. 

An integrated approach involves individual, group or family psychotherapy, medication and collaboration with other doctors or school professionals, social agencies or other community organizations. The child psychiatrist can also act as an advocate for the child or teen. 

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What training is involved for child/adolescent psychiatrists?

Four years of medical school, a minimum of three years of approved residency training in medicine, neurology and general psychiatry with adults and two years of additional specialized training in psychiatric work with children, adolescents, and their families in an accredited residency in child and adolescent psychiatry are required. During the general psychiatry training years, the physician learns the fundamentals of the practice of psychiatry. With child and adolescent psychiatry training, the professional learns normal child and family development, psychopathology and treatment. Special emphasis is given to disorders that happen in childhood, such as developmental disorders, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, mental retardation, mood disorders, depressive and anxiety disorders, drug dependency and delinquency (conduct disorder). 

The psychiatrist trainee applies and develops skills for treating children, adolescents and their families in a variety of settings. 

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