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What is ADHD?
ADHD, Attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder, is a mental disorder affecting some 10 percent of children 4-17, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It is marked by inability to focus or concentrate, as well as hyperactive, impulsive and erratic behaviors. It can be treated with psychotherapy, as well as medication.
Do child psychiatrists prescribe medication?
Yes, child psychiatrists are licensed to prescribe medications they feel will positively affect treatment and quality of life in the patient. Children will need to be under the supervision of parents when taking these medications.
What are the signs of depression in children?
Aside from more clear symptoms of depression, like withdrawing from social situations and feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite and sleep are also primary signs of depression. Outbursts and failing grades at school can also be considered symptoms.
What is the most common cause of depression in children?
Depression can occur in children for a number of reasons, but all are related to their genetics, their childhood experiences, and their feelings about themselves. Some are predisposed toward depression because of family history, others because of traumas or other life events. Puberty, and overall physical and emotional development, can also lead to depression.
What happens at a child psychiatry appointment?
While each appointment will differ in substance or tone, a first visit can largely be expected to be an introduction, as well as an evaluation of the child or adolescent. Subsequent appointments will depend, in large part, on the disorders displayed by the patient and what treatments the psychiatrist pursues.