Psychiatry

  • Do you think your child or teen might benefit from medication?
  • Are you looking for a psychiatrist who specializes in adolescence?
  • Did your pediatrician refer you to a psychiatrist?
  • Are you looking for a diagnosis to help you understand what your child or teen is going through?
psychiatry

What Is Psychiatry?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, psychiatry services might be right for you or your adolescent. Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems.

People seek psychiatric help for many reasons. The problems can be sudden, such as a panic attack, frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing “voices.” Or they may be more long-term, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness that never seem to lift or problems functioning, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control. Children and teens might come in for difficulty concentrating in school or for behavioral problems that haven’t improved with therapy.

Adolescents’ brains are still developing and so it is important to seek a psychiatrist who specializes in this specific population and understands the complexities of treating an adolescent.

Ready to get started?

We have a psychiatrist on staff who can assess, diagnose and treat adolescents and coordinates care with their therapist to provide the best prognosis in dealing with mental illness. Call now (408) 628-0532 to schedule an assessment to see if psychiatry services are right for your teen or your family.

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