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What is ADHD?
ADHD, Attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder, is a mental disorder affecting some 10 percent of children 4-17, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It is marked by inability to focus or concentrate, as well as hyperactive, impulsive and erratic behaviors. It can be treated with psychotherapy, as well as medication.
Do child psychiatrists prescribe medication?
Yes, child psychiatrists are licensed to prescribe medications they feel will positively affect treatment and quality of life in the patient. Children will need to be under the supervision of parents when taking these medications.
What are the signs of depression in children?
Aside from more clear symptoms of depression, like withdrawing from social situations and feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite and sleep are also primary signs of depression. Outbursts and failing grades at school can also be considered symptoms.
What is the most common cause of depression in children?
Depression can occur in children for a number of reasons, but all are related to their genetics, their childhood experiences, and their feelings about themselves. Some are predisposed toward depression because of family history, others because of traumas or other life events. Puberty, and overall physical and emotional development, can also lead to depression.
What happens at a child psychiatry appointment?
While each appointment will differ in substance or tone, a first visit can largely be expected to be an introduction, as well as an evaluation of the child or adolescent. Subsequent appointments will depend, in large part, on the disorders displayed by the patient and what treatments the psychiatrist pursues.
Play therapy is a therapy structured specifically to engage children. A natural and fundamental activity in a child's development, play is utilized in this style of therapy to produce comfortable and conducive settings in which child patients can express themselves and their emotions.
Do child psychiatrists receive special training and education?
Yes, child psychiatrists receive education and training specifically geared at addressing psychopathology and psychotherapy in children. Psychiatrists must also complete years-long residences, and usually have a graduate degree, in many cases a doctorate.
How much does it cost to see a child psychiatrist?
As with all of health care, the direct cost will largely be decided by geographic area and insurance policy. However, the average cost per visit to a child psychiatrist is $125-$250, not including any medications.
What types of conditions does a child psychiatrist treat?
Child psychiatrists largely treat behavioral problems in children and adolescents. These include: anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, ADD, substance abuse, emotional disorders due to trauma, psychoses, learning disorders, and mood swings.
What is a child psychiatrist?
A child psychiatrist is a trained and licensed professional who undergoes years of specialized training and education to examine behaviors and other psychological tendencies or disorders in children. They create personalized treatment plans for each patient, and can prescribe medication.