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By: Sammie C.
Arghavenvra, Siragavarpu, MD
This place is horrible and completely reckless with the "care" they provide. If you are able to get beyond the rude secretaries, the therapists and doctors that my child has been involved with aren't too bad though. It's unfortunate that as a patient you have to be surprised by the kindness and efficiency of the professional staff after dealing with such attitude and dismissal during check in and check out. The majority of the receptionists always seem way more rapped up in their own conversations to be bothered with managing the client's care. Today, the office staff chose to risk my child's well being over putting in a message to the Dr and at least TRYING to resolve the issue at hand and instead decided that going unmedicated, risking all the progress that has been made, would be the better option. I'm sorry, but there is no way I will ever allow my child to step foot in a place ever again that cares so little about providing them with the care they so much need. Shame on you.
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A child psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in issues that affect the mental and emotional health of children and teens. Child psychiatrists can provide treatment for children and teenagers who suffer from depression, autism, anxiety disorders, attention disorders, drug addictions, eating disorders, mood disorders, and a wide range of behavioral problems.
Psychiatrists typically ask questions that focus  on the issues that are having a negative effect on your life. In an initial visit with a psychiatrist, you may be asked about symptoms you've experienced, and ways in which you've tried to deal with them. You might be asked about current and past medical conditions, as well asa family health history.
A referral is an authorization from your doctor saying that a certain type of treatment is medically necessary, and it's usually required if you want your insurance company to cover the costs associated with a visit to a psychiatrist. If you don't have insurance, a referral is not required to schedule a psychiatrist visit.
Psychiatrists and psychologists sometimes collaborate, and this typically takes place when working with patients who have serious mental health problems. In cases like this, a psychologist will treat the patient from a behavioral perspective. A psychiatrist will complement this treatment with care that handles issues concerning biology, neurology, and the prescription of drugs.
Many psychiatrists specialize in treating certain conditions. Some psychiatrists focus on substance abuse therapy, and this is the treatment of addiction to substances like alcohol, narcotics, and tobacco. Others specialize in biological psychiatry, which is the treatment of brain chemistry disorders like depression and schizophrenia. Psychiatrists might also specialize in treating elderly patients or children and adolescents.

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