Adolescent and child psychiatry
As the name suggests, the teenager and Child Psychiatrist It deals with mental health conditions affecting adolescents and children. While extremely severe mental health conditions are rare in children, the need for mental health care for today’s youth is great.
Research has shown that at least 20% Of children and adolescents ages 9 to 17 living with a diagnosable mental health condition that causes some form of mild impairment, 10% have a condition that causes significant impairment.
Approximately 50% Serious adult mental health conditions begin by the time a person reaches 14 years of age, and we know early intervention is a key predictor of reducing the frequency and severity of symptoms.
Child psychiatrists usually limit their practice to those 18 years of age or younger. This specialty can be challenging, as many drugs commonly used to treat symptoms of some disorders in adults are not approved for use in children. Common conditions in children include disturbances of mood, anxiety, behavior and attention.
The Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist has additional training, research, and fellowship in child mental health disorders and behaviors, and learns about early developmental challenges and various disease states. A child psychiatrist has specialized skills to care for mental health problems in young children as well as address family conflicts and issues.”