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Child psychiatry - Definition


Child psychiatry is a branch of medicine, specifically of psychiatry, which solely concerns children. From a very young age, developmental disorders can be suspected in children, and autism is the type of pathology that validates the need for child psychiatry. Adolescence is a time of great upheaval in the body, but also in brain function, and many disorders can manifest at this age, such as eating disorders like anorexia nervosa or bulimia, or oppositional defiant disorders, or the appearance of high-risk behavior like drug abuse or suicidal tendencies. Child psychiatry also treats problems of hyperactivity, significant attention disorders, and so on. There can also be more serious disorders, such as schizophrenia, which can manifest very early in life. Consultations balance time for speaking with time for 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.