What Does A
Child Psychiatrist Do?
Child psychiatrists have an especially important job. They work specifically with individuals under 18 to diagnose and treat behavior and mental health issues. Children often do not have the same level of self-awareness as adults do, and often do not understand or cannot see when their behavior is a problem. Child psychiatrists work hard to help children learn about their symptoms and find the right treatment options. Mental illness in children sometimes displays differently and has different symptoms than the same mental illnesses in adults, so child psychiatrists receive specialized training so that they can spot these symptoms, even when they are hidden beneath behavioral problems.
Like adults, children can be diagnosed with depression, anxiety, learning disorders, eating disorders, and drug addictions, but sometimes, the treatments that work for adults, especially in terms of prescribed medications, may not work or may even be dangerous for children. Child psychologists are trained to understand how these medications affect children and what side effects to look out for.
When Should You See A
If you are experiencing the symptoms of mental illness, a psychiatrist may not be your first stop. Often, people see their primary care provider first, and that doctor may recommend a psychiatrist. Or in some cases, a patient may receive talk therapy from a counselor or psychologist who then recommends medication as a treatment option. Because those professionals cannot prescribe psychiatric drugs, they will most likely recommend you to a psychiatrist for further treatment. In many cases, a patient may continue to see their original therapist and may simply see a psychiatrist for a prescription and medication management. A psychiatrist can also recognize when patients need more intensive treatment in a hospital inpatient setting. Many people recognize they may have a psychiatric disorder and schedule to see the psychiatrist as their first step.
A psychiatrist is an especially good option if your mental health issue is particularly complex, or other treatment does not seem to be working.