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Child psychiatry is a branch of psychiatry that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental disorders in children and adolescents

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These disorders can range from specific problems such as ADHD or separation anxiety disorder, to more serious conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

 Child psychiatrists use a variety of approaches to help children and adolescents, including medication, psychotherapy, family therapy and educational interventions. They work closely with parents, teachers and other professionals who are involved in the child's care.

If you are concerned about your child's mental health, or that of someone you know, it is important to seek help from a qualified child psychiatrist. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference in the child's long-term health and well-being.

"Child psychiatry is the diagnosis and treatment of child mental disorders." - Merriam-Webster Dictionary1

Reaching out for help with a child's mental health can be very difficult, as parents may feel embarrassed or guilty about their child's condition. "There is still stigma around it," says Dr. Janette LeMoyne, child psychiatrist at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre2 . In addition to feeling self-conscious, some parents are concerned that their child will be isolated from other children if peers learn of his or her diagnosis3 .

Making an appointment with a child psychiatrist can present its own challenges. Parents may not know how to access child psychiatry services, which can lead them to visittheir family doctor instead. "Family doctors are often the first stop for people with mental health concerns, but child psychiatrists are specialists in this area and can provide more specific help," says Dr. LeMoyne2 .