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A child psychiatrist is specialized in treating the mental disorders of children. This can involve treating temporary disorders, such as psychological distress or profound mental distress following a traumatizing event. Child psychiatrists also treat problems of hyperactivity, significant attention disorders, and so on. Adolescence is a time of great upheaval in the body, but also in the mind, and many disorders appear at this age, such as oppositional defiant disorder, or eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, or even the appearance of high-risk behavior, such as drug abuse or suicidal tendencies. Adolescent depression exists also. In addition, there are more serious disorders, such as schizophrenia, for example, which can develop during childhood. Consultation with these specialists balance time speaking and listening so that the child can express their distress and the therapist can find a way to help them improve. Depending on the case, treatment with medication can also be necessary.