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Pediatric/adolescent psychiatry deals with prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in children and adolescents. A psychiatrist diagnoses and treats those with mental and emotional disorders such as behavioral disorders, child abuse, trauma, disaster and medication issues. After assessment, the psychiatrist can diagnose, treat and manage an illness or problem by medication or psychotherapy. A pediatric psychiatrist is qualified to order diagnostic laboratory tests and to prescribe medications, evaluate and treat psychological and interpersonal problems, and to intervene with families who are coping with stress, crises and other problems. Physicians in this specialty treat patients suffering from numerous diseases and illnesses, but some of the most common are Suicide, Tourette's and Tics, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Eating Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Obsessive-Compulsive and Tic Disorders, Psychosis, Tourette's Syndrome, Social Anxiety Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Panic disorder, Agoraphobia, Learning Disorders, Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Separation anxiety disorder, Drug and alcohol addiction, and Family and marital problem. Once properly diagnosed, practitioners can perform numerous procedures on patients including Electroconvulsive therapy and psychiatric therapy. To diagnose patients with possible illnesses and diseases, specialists will often perform one of many tests including ADD/ADHD Tests, Stress Tests, ADD / ADHD Tests, Intelligence Tests, Personality Tests, Depression Tests, Abuse Tests, Addictions Tests, Sexual Health Tests, and psychiatric exam.
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