Psychiatry - Child & Adolescent
Why do we need a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist?
The Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist is a physician specialized in treating children and adolescents up to the age of 18 with a range of mental health conditions (disorders of thinking, feeling or behaviour) and their families.
What does a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist do?
A Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist uses a knowledge of biological, psychological and social factors in working with patients. The physician performs a comprehensive diagnostic examination with attention to physical, genetic, developmental, emotional, cognitive, educational, familial, peer and social components. A diagnostic formulation and a treatment plan are shared and discussed with the patient and family. The diagnostic evaluation and the treatment plan involve different clinicians (i.e. psychologist, psychotherapist, social worker..) in an integrated and multi-professional approach.
When may my son/daughter need a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist consultation?
A consultation with a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist may be essential to clarify the diagnosis of a wide range of emotional, behavioural, and psychiatric disorders.
This includes mood disorders, anxiety, thinking disturbances, neuro-developmental disorders (such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorders), behavioural problems, social withdrawal, internet and social media addiction and eating disorders.
If I see a Child Psychiatrist, does this means that my son/daughter’s condition is more severe?
No, it does not. An integrated and multi-professional approach may involve different clinicians to offer a comprehensive perspective. The Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist is part of the clinical team and, with its specific expertise, offers part of the multi-professional diagnostic evaluation and treatment.