What is a child psychiatrist?
A child and adolescent psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health and behavioral conditions in children and adolescents. Child psychiatrists use the latest research-based treatments to help children reach their fullest potential. These treatments may involve psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both.
Is a child psychiatrist the same as a child psychologist?
While child psychiatrists and child psychologists work closely together, they have different training backgrounds and roles. Child psychiatrists are medical doctors who have graduated from medical school and completed residency in psychiatry, along with additional clinical training in child and adolescent psychiatry. Child psychologists have completed graduate school in psychology along with specialized training in child development, behavior modification techniques, educational interventions, and counseling strategies. Psychologists provide a range of services including behavioral assessments, educational testing, and psychotherapy, but they do not prescribe medications. Child psychiatrists and psychologists collaborate as a team with other professionals to develop treatment plans and deliver comprehensive care.
At Geode Health, we offer a range of in-person and telehealth mental health treatment services for individuals of all ages. Our providers are dedicated to helping children and adolescents reach their fullest potential through comprehensive mental health care.
What to expect from an appointment with a child psychiatrist
When you visit a child and adolescent psychiatrist, your Geode provider will listen to your concerns and evaluate your child’s symptoms. They may use questionnaires, diagnostic tests, medical exams, or other assessment tools to form a diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is made, your provider will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that best suits the needs of your child. Your treatment plan may involve a combination of psychotherapy, medication management, or other services. During regular follow-up visits with the psychiatrist, your provider will monitor progress and adjust the treatment as necessary.
Conditions a child psychiatrist can treat
Child psychiatrists at Geode Health can diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including but not limited to:
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders
- Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Substance use disorders
- Psychotic disorders
- Trauma and abuse
- Adjustment issues
No matter what type of condition or concern your child is facing, our providers are here to help. We strive to provide compassionate, evidence-based care that is tailored to each individual patient.
Benefits of seeing a child and adolescent psychiatrist
The benefits of seeing a child psychiatrist include:
Improved communication between parents and children
A better understanding and appreciation of your child’s behavior
Increased support for school performance and social interaction
Improved relationships with family, friends, and peers
A greater sense of self-esteem and independence
Better coping skills to manage stress and anxiety
Increased ability to handle difficult emotions
Find a child & adolescent psychiatrist near you
At Geode Health, we understand that childhood and adolescent mental health issues can be challenging for the entire family. Our team is here to provide you and your child or teen with personalized care and support and achieve the best possible outcomes. Contact us today to learn more about our psychiatry services for children and adolescents.
If you are in crisis and in need of immediate support
Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or text the Crisis Text Line by texting HELLO to 741741