The Mayo Clinic released a list of warning signs recently showing whether children might have mental disorders – a tool designed to identify undiagnosed children when they are most treatable without alarming parents of healthy children.
The 11 “action signs” are written in everyday English instead of medical jargon — for example, [...]
Category Archives: Frequently Asked Questions
You will have to take your child out of school for some appointments. For the initial evaluation, you will most likely have to bring the child during their usual school day. If your child receives psychiatric services, the appointments also are during the school day.
Other therapy and case management appointments are more flexible as far [...]
When a therapist or case manager evaluates the child’s condition and reaches the opinion that it is medically necessary for a child to see a psychiatrist, the therapist or case manager discusses it with the parent. In those situations, most often there is a belief that medication may be helpful to the child. If the [...]
Not all children with serious emotional disturbance require medication or a psychiatric evaluation. At the conclusion of the assessment or whenever needed throughout treatment, your therapist or case manager will discuss the medically necessary treatments to consider for your child. At any time during treatment, you may also bring up services you wish to discuss [...]
What do I do if my child has a crisis?
If your child has a mental health crisis, and your child and family receive mental health services and have a crisis plan (formal or informal) developed with your mental health service provider, you should be able to follow the plan that was developed. These crisis plans [...]
In the public mental health system, psychiatrists do not do therapy. If a psychiatrist is involved in your child’s care, they will do a psychiatric evaluation and they may prescribe medication. They will be part of the treatment team which partners with your child and your family and the other professional service providers. They will [...]
Most children and their family are seen by a therapist, either in the office or in the home and community. They may also have a provider who does coordination called case management or supports coordination.
Some children are referred for child psychiatry, according to standards of medical necessity. If your therapist is recommending a referral for [...]
FAQ #1: My family doctor and the school have recommended I get a mental health evaluation for my child. What should I do? What should I expect?
If you, or someone who works closely with your child, like your family doctor, the child’s teacher or school counselor, recommends you get a mental health evaluation and treatment for your child, ask them to tell you the specific reasons why they believe an evaluation is needed. This information will be helpful when you call [...]