Overview

Special emphasis is given to disorders that appear in childhood, including but not limited to autism and other developmental disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mood disorders, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, mental retardation, drug dependency, and delinquency (conduct disorder). The child and adolescent psychiatrist performs comprehensive diagnostic examinations, integrating physical, genetic, developmental, emotional, cognitive, educational, family, peer, and social findings into a formulation that is shared with the patient, family, and other stakeholders. Treatment, directed by the child and adolescent psychiatrist, includes evidence-based medication management, consultation with other physicians, schools, juvenile courts and social service agencies, and a variety of psychosocial interventions, including individual, group, and family psychotherapies.

Subspecialty of Psychiatry

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