Child and Adolescent psychiatry

Child and Adolescent psychiatry includes the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of evolving disorders, as well as behavior disturbances during childhood and adolescence. The child and adolescent therapist could be a doctor who major within the conclusion and the treatment of disorders of considering, feeling & behavior influencing children, young people, and their families .The child and adolescent psychiatrist marks a diagnosis based on the pattern of behavior and emotional symptoms, using a standardized set of diagnostic criteria such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

 Treatment will usually comprises one or more of the following elements are behavior therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, problem-solving therapies, psychodynamic therapy, parent training programs, family therapy. The need for a separated psychiatric discipline for children and adolescents results from age-dependent characteristics of mental disorders, strongly prejudiced by rapidly alternating stages of the neurobiological and social development in this period of life.

Young people present with several different problems, including:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Disruptive Behaviour
  • Anxiety and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • Attachment Disorders
  • self-harm and Attempted suicide
  • Panic disorder

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