Why do parents and families bring their child to a child and adolescent psychiatrist?
Problems such as being depressed, lonely, rebellious, inattentive, extremely forgetful/disorganized, easily agitated or frustrated, involved with the wrong crowd (i.e. peers who use drugs or have conduct problems), school difficulties, academic decline are a few situations where parents can become concerned. Parents may worry about their child’s development, eating or sleeping patterns, and how they are relating with family, friends, and other people at school, church, or other social circles. The Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist is specially qualified to understand the full range of factors related to emotional problems and mental disorders that can negatively impact children and teens.
What is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist?
A Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders that cause problems with feeling, thinking, and behavior. The Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist is specially trained and qualified to treat infants, children, teens, and adults as individuals, couples, families, and groups.
What training does a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist have?
A child and adolescent psychiatrist has 9 to 10 years of special training. Child psychiatric training requires 4 years of medical school, at least 3 years of approved residency training in medicine, neurology, and general psychiatry with adults, and 2 years of training in psychiatric work with children, adolescents, and their families in an accredited residency in child and adolescent psychiatry.
What kind of treatment is provided?
This treatment plan consists of bio-psycho-social model of treatment. It will take into account your child’s problems, as well as the strengths that are identified in your child’s personality, talents/abilities, your family, the school, and other community resources. The Psychiatrist reviews all aspects of your child’s situation and uses a variety of treatment options to ensure that every need is being met. With regards to children and adolescents, The Psychiatrist takes a conservative approach with regards to psychopharmacology and focus on the value of non-pharmacological interventions first when appropriate. In addition, having a collaborative working relationship with parents is crucial for successful treatment.