- What are some common mental health problems in adolescents?
- How does the adolescent psychiatrist treat their patients?
- What training is involved for adolescent psychiatrists?
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Our Treatment Approach to Adolescent and Teen Mental Health
It's easy to know when your teen has a cold or fever. However, an adolescents' 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 teenagers behavior can signify a problem. And in many cases, an adolescent psychiatrist or mental health professional with specific training geared towards adolescents and teenagers can help steer the patient towards a healthier outlook.
What Are Some Common Mental Health Problems in Adolescents and Teenagers?
Common mental health problems in adolescents are:
- Behavior disorders
How Does the Adolescent Psychiatrist Treat Their Patients?
The adolescent psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders or behaviors that affect adolescents / teens 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 adolescent psychiatrist can also act as an advocate for the teen.
What Training is Involved for 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 adolescents, teens, and their families in an accredited residency in adolescent psychiatry are required. During the general psychiatry training years, the physician learns the fundamentals of the practice of psychiatry. With adolescent psychiatry training, the professional learns normal family development, psychopathology and treatment. Special emphasis is given to disorders that happen in adolescent years, 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 adolescents, teens and their families in a variety of settings.