A Psychiatrist's Role In A Child's Life

Posted on: 18 July 2022

Eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorders can all be treated through psychiatry appointments. A child psychiatrist treats a range of behavioral disorders that young children and adolescents exhibit.

Find out how this type of therapy can be beneficial to your loved one. 

An Initial Session

It isn't easy to open up about what is troubling a child. A young child may not even be able to vocalize what is truly bothering them. A psychiatrist has studied behavioral issues and developmental issues that could be directly tied to biological factors or outside pressures that may affect a child. An experience that a child has gone through, either while at home or while at school, could also contribute to a problem that is affecting a child's ability to do well in school or bond with others.

A patient of a psychiatrist will be treated with respect and will be shown compassion during each of their visits. There is a variety of ways to compile information about a patient's past. A young child may be prompted to engage in play therapy. This type of therapy is designed to be fun, but will also be revealing to the clinician who is treating the child.

An older child, such as a teenager, may engage in a one-on-one conversation with a psychiatrist. During an informal conversation, a psychiatrist will learn about the patient. The patient may be given some questionnaires, which will allow a psychiatrist to learn about the personality type that the patient has and any troubling factors that may be contributing to a behavioral problem.

Psychotherapy And Medication

Psychotherapy is a form of therapy that involves speaking with a psychiatrist in depth. Even though a child may be prompted to interact with a psychiatrist during their initial appointment, the clinician may decide to continue using this therapeutic method to treat a mental or behavioral problem. A psychiatrist may give a child some brief goals to work on throughout the course of the week.

Then, they may check back with the child and inquire about the progress they made. For instance, if a child is struggling in school, a psychiatrist may advise the parents of the child to acquire a tutor for their loved one. The psychiatrist may check back with the child during a subsequent appointment, to find out how the child is doing. In some cases, medication is prescribed. The medication can lessen the symptoms of a behavioral issue.