Does my child need to see a child psychiatrist?

Wednesday 21st June 2023

When should my child should see a child psychiatrist?


If you are concerned about your child and think they may be struggling with emotional or mental health difficulties then it may be best to make an appointment. We are always happy to discuss this with you if you are unsure.


Here are some factors to consider that may help you - 


1. Worsening behavioural or emotional issues that don't seem to be getting better : any symptoms that significantly affect their daily functioning, ability to go to school, maintain friendships, that are affecting family relationships, or general well-being, it may be a good idea to seek the expertise of a child psychiatrist.


2. Difficulty coping with life events: If your child is having difficulty coping with significant life events such as a traumatic experience, loss of a loved one, or major transitions, a child psychiatrist can provide appropriate support and guidance. We can help assess if there are other treatments and talking therapies that are needed.


3. Developmental concerns: If your child is exhibiting delays or difficulties in cognitive (thinking), social, or emotional development, a child psychiatrist can assess this. We can then advise on treatment and support options.


4. Suspected or diagnosed mental health conditions: A child psychiatrist can diagnose mental health condition such as anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We can then advise on assessment and then treatment and support options.


5. Collaboration with other healthcare providers: A child psychiatrist can collaborate with other professionals involved in your child's care, such as paediatricians, talking therapists, or school, to develop a comprehensive treatment and management plan. Working together in a coordinated way can bring the best outcome for the young person.

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