Child and adolescent psychiatric training requires 4 years of medical school, at least 3 and sometimes 4 years of approved psychiatry residency training that includes medicine, neurology, and general adult psychiatry, and 2 years of additional, specialized training in psychiatric care of children, adolescents and their families in an accredited Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship, yielding a total of at least 9 years of study and specialized practice after an undergraduate degree.
During the general psychiatry training years, the physician becomes competent in the fundamentals of the theory and practice of psychiatry. In the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship, the physician acquires a thorough knowledge of normal child and family development, as well recognition and treatment of abnormal development. Special emphasis is given to disorders that appear in childhood, such as pervasive developmental disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mood disorders, depressive and anxiety disorders, mental retardation, drug dependency and delinquency. The child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship is designed to provide treatment of a full spectrum of illnesses from what may appear to be relatively benign disruptions in behavior to some of the most difficult cases. Active partnership with other specialists, including therapists and pediatricians, make the Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist the cornerstone of effective and comprehensive care for your troubled child or adolescent.