FAQ

FAQ

What is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist?‚Äč

The child and adolescent psychiatrist is a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy who specializes in the diagnosis and, if indicated, the treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents, and their families. A child and adolescent psychiatrist offers families the advantages of a medical education, the medical traditions of professional ethics, and medical responsibility for providing comprehensive care. -American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Child psychiatrists can evaluate your child and make a diagnosis or differential diagnoses and recommendations for treatment. A child psychiatrist can also prescribe medications and/or therapy for treatment of various psychiatric disorders.

How do you become a child and adolescent psychiatrist?

Child and adolescent 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 additional specialized training in psychiatric work with children, adolescents, and their families in an accredited residency in child and adolescent psychiatry. In the general psychiatry training years, the physician achieves competence in the fundamentals of the theory and practice of psychiatry. In the child and adolescent psychiatry training, the trainee acquires a thorough knowledge of normal child and family development, psychopathology, and treatment. Importance is given to disorders that appear in childhood, such as pervasive developmental disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, mental retardation, mood disorders,depressive and anxiety disorders. During training, child and adolescents psychiatrists gain skills by treating children, adolescents and their families in a variety of settings. Child Psychiatrists get experience in consultation to other physicians, mental health professionals, schools, and community agencies as an important part of training.

What kind of diagnosis does a child and adolescent psychiatrist treat?

A Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist treats multiple behavioral, emotional and developmental diagnoses. Some of these include the following: Attention deficit disorders (ADD, ADHD), Anxiety disorders (Separation Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, School Phobia, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Autism Spectrum Disorders (Aspergers Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS), Tourrettes Disorder, Mood disorders (Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthimia, Bipolar Disorders, Cyclothimia, Mood Disorder NOS), Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective disorders.

Who should see a child and adolescent psychiatrist?

Anyone that is experiencing difficulties with functioning in their day to day environments over an extended period of time. Examples of this are poor school performance, severe anxiety, aggressive behavior, frequent physical complaints, hyperactivity, frequent temper tantrums, inability to cope with problems, depressed mood, self harming behaviors, thoughts of hurting yourself, mood swings, or strange thoughts, beliefs or behaviors.

What are some common illnesses that a psychiatrist might treat or topics they may give advice on? check www.aacap.org for more information and details...

Abuse (physical)

Abuse (sexual)

ADHD

Adoption

Adolescent Development

Advocacy

AIDS

Alcohol

Anxiety

Asperger's Disorder

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity

Autism

Bedwetting

Bipolar Disorder

Bowel Control

Bullying

Children and Movies

Chronic Physical Illness

Conduct Disorders

Continuum of Care

Daycare

Depression

Disaster

Discipline

Divorce

Driving

Drug Abuse

Eating Disorders

Enuresis

Fighting and Biting

Firearms

Fostercare

Grandparenting

Grief

Hair Pulling

Hospital Treatment

Internet and Children

Latchkey Children

Lead Poisoning

Learning Disabilities

Lying

Manic Depression

Medication-Related Weight Gain

Medications

Mental Illness (talking about)

Mental Retardation

Military - families in

Movies

Moving

Multiracial Children

Music/Music Videos

News Programs

Normal Adolescent Development

Normality

Obesity

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Online Children

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Panic Disorder

Parenting

Parents (alcoholic)

Parents (mentally ill)

Pets

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Pregnancy

Psychiatric Evaluation

Psychiatrist, Child and Adolescent

Psychotherapies

PTSD

Reactive Attachment Disorder

Referrals

Schizophrenia

School Refusal

School Services

Seeking Help

Self-Injury

Separation Anxiety

Sex (talking about)

Sexual Abuse

Sleep Problems

Soiling

Sports

Starting School

Stealing

Step Families

Stress

Substance Abuse Treatment

Suicide

Teen Brain

Television

Terrorism and War

Threats

Tics

Tobacco

Tourette's

Trichotillomania

Video Games

Violent Behavior

Violence on Television