Child and adolescent psychiatrists have the education, training and experience to treat the highest levels of complexity and severity in children's mental illness. A child and adolescent psychiatrist is a medical doctor - a physician - who is skilled in:
A child and adolescent psychiatrist has successfully completed the following educational and training requirements:
Q: Where can I find a child and adolescent psychiatrist in my state or community?
A: Click on the Members page.
Q: What can I do if there are no child and adolescent psychiatrists in my community?
A: Contact your community Pediatrician, Family Practice physician or primary care provider.
Q: What can I do to advocate for a child and adolescent psychiatrist to be available in my community?
Q: If my child sees a child and adolescent psychiatrist, will they end up on medications?
A: In many cases, child and adolescent psychiatrists recommend and advocate for treatments other than medications. For more information on
psychiatric medications, visit ParentsMedGuide.org.
Q: Will I be blamed for my child's problems?
A: No, although you likely are the most important factor in his or her recovery. All parents can learn new skills to help their child.
Q: Where can I find more information to help my child?
Q: What if I think my child needs help but do not want them labeled with a disorder?
A: While the stigma of having a mental illness remains in the US, the impact of untreated mental illness typically is far worse.
Q: Who can help me advocate for my child or a child in my care?