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1 CHILD PSYCHIATRY Fatima Al-Haidar Professor, child & adolescent psychiatrist College of medicine - KSU

2 What is Child Psychiatry? A branch of Psychiatry. The central focuses of the subject are behavioral and emotional disorders of childhood, but many would include physical symptoms such as non-organic headache and stomach pain in which stress or other environmental factors appear to play an important causative role. Delays and deviations in development, as well as general and specific learning problems lie within the practice of child psychiatry. Childhood period extends averagely up to age of 18 years.

3 The practice of child psychiatry differs from that of adult psychiatry in several important ways: 1. Initiation of the consultation with the clinician. 2. The stage of the development of the patient. 3. Psychological problems in a child may be a manifestation of disturbance in other members of the family. 4. Evidence of disturbance is based more on observation of behavior made by parents, teachers and others. 5. Treatment of children makes less use of medication and other methods of individual therapies.

4 Disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood or adolescence (DSM IV TR): Mental Retardation Learning disorders Motor skills disorders Communication disorders Pervasive developmental disorders Attention deficit & disruptive disorders Feeding and eating disorders of infancy & early childhood Tic disorders Elimination disorders Other disorders of infancy, childhood & adolescence.

5 Aetiology: The determinants of childhood disturbance are usually multiple. Developmental aspects are important (their disorders reflect psychological & social maturation). Four interacting group of factors are important: genetic factors, temperament & individual differences, physical problem especially brain damage, chronic physical diseases and environmental, family, social and cultural causes like chronic adversities and physical, & emotional maltreatment.

6 Child Psychiatric Evaluation - Identifying data Identified patient and family members Source of referral Informants - History Chief complaint History of present illness Developmental history and milestones Psychiatric history Medical history, including immunizations Family social history and parents' marital status Educational history and current school functioning Peer relationship history Current family functioning Family psychiatric and medical histories Current physical examination - Mental status examination - Neuropsychiatric examination (when applicable) - Developmental, psychological, and educational testing - Formulation and summary - DSM-IV-TR diagnosis.

7 Autistic Disorder: Abnormalities of communication, abnormalities of social relationships and restriction of behavior & interest.

8 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Extreme and persistent restlessness, sustained & prolong motor activity, difficulty in maintaining attention and impulsivity.

9 Anxiety Disorders: Normal anxiety in childhood. Separation anxiety disorder  fear of separation from people to whom the child is attached which is clearly greater than normal separation anxiety of toddlers or preschool period and associated with significant problem in social functioning. Generalized anxiety disorders. Phobic disorders.

10 Affective Disorders: Depressive symptoms Normal form of unhappiness Depressive disorder Bipolar affective disorder

11 Adjustment Disorders: Divorce Death of a parent Birth of a sibling Acquired physical disease or injury School issues

12 School Refusal: It is not a psychiatric disorder. A pattern of behavior that can have many causes. Repeated absence from school: 1.Physical illness 2.Deliberately kept at home by parents to help with domestic work or for company. 3.School refusal: - separation anxiety disorder - school phobia - failure to do well in the class - depression - truancy

13 Child Abuse:  Including physical and emotional maltreatment, sexual abuse and neglect.

14 Other disorders Mental Retardation Learning disorders Elimination disorders Additional conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention: borderline intelligence, Speech problems, behavioral problems.

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