Child and adolescent psychiatrists are physicians with advanced training who work with children and adolescents. They are able to prescribe medications and have expertise in child and adolescent psychiatric disorders as well as understanding the ways in which physical disorders can affect behavior. They prescribe medication only when it seems the most appropriate course, and typically prescribe it only as one part of a larger plan to help your child. Often, medication is prescribed in conjunction with therapy or specialized tutoring. Children’s Health Council psychiatrists help with evaluations; consult with kids and parents about treatment options; provide medication management and offer individual therapy and parent counseling as needed.
Areas of expertise include: autism spectrum disorders, disruptive disorders that cause problems with attention, impulsiveness and atypically high physical activity, as well as internalizing disorders that can result in anxiety, depression, obsessive behaviors and problems with reality testing.