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I thought I would ask the experts on this one.

What's the current situation with child/adolescent psych? Do psychiatrists push pills at the kiddies or do psychotherapy, more often? Obviously, people do both, but I was curious about the overall trend--I can't imagine having a great deal of fun if 90+% of my patients walk in and their parents think they have ADD, and I push one of three meds at them.

Is that REALLY the reason there's such a high demand for child psych now? ADD, ADHD? Or is it a mix of depression, adjustment issues, abuse counseling, addiction, schizophrenia, etc? Just trying to get a feel for the current practice environment when it comes to the actual patient issues.

Any info would be much appreciated! Thanks, all.
 

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!!! I'll look it up. ;) ahahha!
 

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rpkall said:
I thought I would ask the experts on this one.

What's the current situation with child/adolescent psych? Do psychiatrists push pills at the kiddies or do psychotherapy, more often? Obviously, people do both, but I was curious about the overall trend--I can't imagine having a great deal of fun if 90+% of my patients walk in and their parents think they have ADD, and I push one of three meds at them.

Is that REALLY the reason there's such a high demand for child psych now? ADD, ADHD? Or is it a mix of depression, adjustment issues, abuse counseling, addiction, schizophrenia, etc? Just trying to get a feel for the current practice environment when it comes to the actual patient issues.

Any info would be much appreciated! Thanks, all.

Usually the kids that child psychiatrists see have already been to see their pediatrician multiple times for whatever illness they are struggling with. And pediatricians are reasonably comfortable with prescribing for ADHD. Child psychiatrists do see a lot of schizophrenia...
 

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Thanks, atsai3! :)
 
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