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Dr Andrew Parkin
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist?
A Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has postgraduate training in psychiatry and further specialist training in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health problems in children and adolescents. They are trained to integrate medical skills, experience and knowledge with an understanding of a person’s social circumstances and psychology: the biopsychosocial model. For more information about psychiatrists (of all specialities) visit the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists'
This means a child psychiatrist aims to help with a child and adolescent’s thoughts, feelings, behaviour, and relationships. This includes how things are going at home, school, and with friends. Assessment and ongoing management invariably involves working with other members of the child or adolescent’s family.
What is the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist?
A Psychiatrist is a medically trained doctor and therefore can prescribe medication as well as make assessments, formulate, and diagnose. Some psychiatrists are also trained to deliver specific therapies. A Clinical Psychologist has a degree in psychology and has undertaken postgraduate clinical training in mental health specialties. Clinical Psychologists can assess and diagnose, and deliver therapies (these are commented on in the next question).
For more information visit the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists'
What type of therapies are there?
There is now a range of psychotherapies available that help with managing difficult thoughts or emotions, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and other Mindfulness-based therapies.
There are also many parenting and family-based therapies. Family therapy approaches recognise the importance of families to a child’s wellbeing, development and mental health, and that families are experts on themselves, being able to find solutions when working together. These are mostly approaches that support a person becoming more self-reliant by cultivating skills and strengths.
For more information visit the Royal Australian and New Zeland College of Psychiatrists'
Dr Parkin can discuss with you what would be the most appropiate way to deliver therapy for your circumstances and refer you/your child to a Clinical Psychologist or Therapist.
Will medication be needed?
Not all children or adolescents with mental health problems benefit from taking medication. However, clinical research and experience shows that medication can be beneficial for many children and adolescents. The likely benefits and risks of using medication versus not using it will be discussed with you at your appointment if this treatment option is considered.