Psychiatry and Paediatrics

People with a neurodevelopmental condition sometimes can benefit from taking medication. For example, ADHD symptoms sometimes respond very well to medication. In other cases, it can be the psychological distress that can arise from the consequences of managing a neurodevelopmental condition that can be helped with medication. For example, a child with ASD experiencing low mood and anxiety relating to feeling worried about other peoples’ perceptions of them might benefit from psychological support and psychiatric support. The following are conditions that can be treated by a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

  • Mood disorders (Depression and Bipolar Disorder)

    Anxiety Disorder (Including GAD, OCD, Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Other phobia’s, Conversion Disorders, Somatoform Disorders)

    Personality difficulties (disorders)

    PTSD

    Eating Disorders / eating difficulties

    Psychosis

    Self-harming behaviours

    Persistent school refusal

    Challenging / Disruptive behaviours

    Tic Disorders / Tourettes Syndrome

    Sleep disorders

A consultation with a psychiatrist will involve an assessment first in order to determine what would be a suitable intervention.

Often support from psychology and psychiatry are carried out in parallel so consultants can discuss the cases from both perspectives. It also means that the person attending the appointment does not have to start from scratch to explain their distress as reports can be swapped ‘in-house’ and colleagues can sit and discuss the on-going care.