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Definition of a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Child/Adult Psychiatry

The child and adolescent psychiatrist is a Doctor of Medicine who specializes in the diagnosis and, if indicated, the treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents, and their families. A child and adolescent psychiatrist offers families the advantages of a medical education, the medical traditions of professional ethics, and medical responsibility for providing comprehensive care.

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Below is a partial list of the illnesses Dr. Notarfrancesco can help you with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Child/Adult Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Eating disorders
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Adolescent seperation issues
  • Trauma

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Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents. Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis.

Bullying behavior can be physical or verbal. Boys tend to use physical intimidation or threats, regardless of the gender of their victims. Bullying by girls is more often verbal, usually with another girl as the target. Recently, bullying has even been reported in online chat rooms and through e-mail.

Children who are bullied experience real suffering that can interfere with their social and emotional development, as well as their school performance. Some victims of bullying have even attempted suicide rather than continue to endure such harassment and punishment.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Does your child have trouble sitting still? Act without thinking first? Or often start but not finish things? Do these things cause problems for your child at school or at home? If the answer is “yes,” your child might have a common childhood medical condition called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Many children have restless behaviors that are typical of ADHD. When fidgeting, poor concentration, or impulsiveness begin disrupting performance in school, at home, or in relationships with other children, the cause might be ADHD. Or, there might be a different cause. Getting the right diagnosis and treatment can help your child do better in the classroom, on the playground, and at home.

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