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Child Psychiatry

Child Psychiatry

Child Psychiatry deals with the general well-being and understanding the mindset of a kid which makes this a critical area which is important to maintain mental health and wellness in a child. Psychiatric problems like anxiety, stress, panic attacks, schizophrenia, depression, psychosis, and neurosis are generally treated with specialised treatment plans.

At Rainbow Children's Hospital, we have a dedicated department of pediatric psychiatry which offers comprehensive assessment of psychiatric and behavioural disorders in kids and teenagers. Our clinical psychologists and psychiatrists are highly trained, experienced, and competent in treating different mental health disorders observed in children.

At the Rainbow Children’s Hospital, we offer treatment for the following mental disorders in children:

- Psychotic disorders - Childhood Schizophrenia
- Mood disorders - Bipolar, disorder, Depression
- Gender identity disorder
- Eating disorders - Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa
- Disorders of behavior and attention - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder
- Developmental Disorders - Autistic spectrum disorder, and learning disorders
- Anxiety disorders - Obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and phobias.




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What is psychiatry?

Psychiatry is a field of medicine that works on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders. A psychiatrist is a doctor specialized in mental health. They must be qualified to assess the physical and mental aspects of a psychological problem.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has special training in psychiatry. They are responsible for conducting psychotherapy, prescribing medications and performing other medical treatments. Psychologists, on the other hand, have an advanced degree. They also have extensive training and clinical practice. They use psychotherapy for treating mental disorders and specialize in testing and evaluation of mental disorders

How are the patients diagnosed with a mental issue?

To diagnose the patients, there are a number of psychological and medical laboratory tests that can be conducted. Through their training, they are able to understand the complicated relationship between their mental health and other illnesses. For this, they must have the knowledge of their family history and genetics. Only after getting all the psychological and medical data will they be able to make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. A child psychologist in Rainbow Hospital will help you know more about the diagnosis.

What are the different forms of psychiatry treatments?

For the treatment of mental conditions, there are a number of treatment methods available. These include psychosocial interventions, psychotherapy medications, Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), etc. The treatment will depend on the patient’s needs.

Psychotherapy is the most common form of treatment. Also known as talk therapy, in this method, the therapist and patient talk to each other. This treatment is used for treating emotional difficulties and mental disorders. The aim of psychotherapy is eliminating or controlling the troubling or disabling symptoms so that the patient can have a better life. Depending on the patient’s condition, the treatment can last from a session of a few weeks to a few years.

Apart from psychotherapy, there are other forms of treatment as well.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) - This is a medical treatment in which electrical currents are applied to the brain. This is only done for treating severe depression in patients who haven’t responded to other treatments.
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)
Deep brain stimulation (DBS)
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

How does the psychiatrist recommend medications?

Psychiatrists recommend medications in the same way medications are recommended for treating diabetes or blood pressure. Once the evaluation is completed, the psychiatrist will prescribe medications for treating mental disorders. These medications help in correcting and maintaining the imbalances in the brain chemistry that might be involved in the mental disorder. Children who have been prescribed long-term medical treatment will have to consult with their psychiatrist periodically. This is done for making sure that the medication is effective and there are no potential side effects.

What are the different classes of psychiatric medications?

A child psychiatrist in Hyderabad will be able to explain you all the details broadly. The class of medications for psychiatry are:

Antidepressants - Used for treating anxiety, depression, panic disorder, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Mood stabilizers - used for treating bipolar disorder.
Stimulants - used for treating ADHD.
Anxiolytics and Sedatives - Used for treating anxiety and insomnia.
Antipsychotic medications - Used for treating bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and psychotic symptoms like hallucinations and delusions.
Hypnotics - Used for inducing and maintaining sleep.

What should I know about my medications?

Here are a few things that you need to know about your medications:

Name of the medication and its purpose
Drinks, food, and other medications that you can take with your prescribed medications
Time at which you have to take the medication
Time for which you have to take the medication
What will happen if you miss a dose?
Whether it should be taken on an empty stomach or with food

I am worried about the mental health of my child. What should I do?

If you think that your child is in need of mental health treatment, you should make an appointment with a psychiatrist immediately. All your child needs right now is the right medical treatment and your support. For treatment and support from best psychiatrist in Hyderabad, contact Rainbow Children’s Hospital

Is the treatment confidential?

We, at Rainbow Children’s Hospital can assure you that all the information regarding what happened in the doctor’s appointment will be kept confidential. Parents will be informed of all the things that the child is going through. This is very important as the patient can be in danger of harming themselves and others.

How long will the treatment take?

There is no fixed length of the treatment. Basically, the longer your mental illness is unacknowledged, the longer it will take to treat it. It also depends on the condition as some of them don’t take a lot of time while others might take more. For the best outcome, it is important that you seek treatment soon.

How can I help prevent the coming back of mental illness in my child?

The psychiatrist will provide you with guidelines to stick to for preventing the return of mental illness. The life of the child should be kept balanced through medical regimen, psychotherapy, and counseling sessions. Keep them away from stressful conditions. If you think that the mental illness is getting worse, seek help immediately.

What are the different fields of certification in psychiatry?

A child psychiatrist must be certified in any of the following:

  • Pain medicine
  • Sleep medicine
  • Psychosomatic medicine
  • Addiction psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry