Child mental health is a major concern for parents today, making it crucial to have a psychiatrist you can count on. At Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, psychiatrist Jessica K. Hairston, MD, FAPA, offer young patients, and their parents, appointments without a wait. The doctors coordinate care with your child’s other therapists, doctors, and school to help your child succeed. Book a child mental health appointment online or by phone now.
During your child's initial visit to Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill, your child's doctor gets acquainted with them. This consultation visit is around 90 minutes and includes time with you and your child separately, and then with you and your child together.
During this appointment, your child's doctor evaluates them to determine which psychiatric condition they meet the criteria for if any. If your child has a psychiatric diagnosis, their psychiatrist can create a treatment plan customized for their unique needs.
The first visit includes many detailed questions, covering all aspects of your child's past and current life. Your doctor asks questions about all of the following areas:
The team uses the information gathered from these questions, along with information from other caregivers like your child's pediatrician and school counselor, to make a diagnosis and determine whether treatment is needed.
It depends on the situation. In some cases, the comprehensive history and observations of your child are sufficient to make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. In other situations, your child's doctor may recommend the following.
Your child's psychiatrist only makes a diagnosis after gaining a full understanding of your child's history and needs.
Your child's psychiatrist prescribes treatment according to what will work best for your child. This treatment may include:
Additionally, your child's psychiatrist can recommend medication suited for your child's particular concerns. For children with serious psychiatric issues, adding medication to therapy can greatly enhance their recovery.
Get your child the help they need now. New patients can call Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill or make an appointment with the online scheduler for a child mental health consultation today.