A child psychiatrist is a difficult, but often rewarding job. He or she must be able to interact with a number of children, ranging from those who face family problems in the home to those who are afflicted with a disorder such as ADD or ADHD. A psychiatrist must be able to gain a child's trust and build a relationship with his or her client in order to understand the mental state of the child he or she is treating. This requires a delicate bond and balance. In addition to interacting with the child, a psychiatrist must also be able to associate with the child's parents and/or guardians. This may involving recommending certain activities, treatments, or medications to provide the best health and mental well-being for the child.
A child psychiatrist works indoors, typically in a private practice or clinic. While their work is not physically demanding, it is mentally challenging. It requires the ability to always watch what is being said to make sure not to offend the child or his or her parents. The psychiatrist must also be able to target the root of the child's mental difficulties and determine what the best course of treatment is for the child and whether or not that course requires prescription medication. A psychiatrist often works alone, but they may need to interact with a psychologist, depending upon the severity of the case. The hours of a psychiatrist are often routine, from the late morning until early evening. The position of a child psychiatrist does require extensive education including high school, college, graduate school, and a certification.
Physician, Child Psychiatrist Tasks
- Treatment may require individual or group therapy and prescribing medication.
- Conduct diagnostic assessments that give attention to multiple aspects of the child's health, including cognitive, educational, genetic, developmental, and more.
- Diagnose and treat cognitive and behavioral disorders affecting children and adolescents.
- Consult with other professionals in schools, juvenile courts, and community organizations as necessary.