What to do before consultation?
It is important that the child doesn’t make a point of the upcoming consultation with a Child Psychiatrist. That way, he/she is more likely to be calm and confident during the examination.
If the child has problems at school/kindergarten, it is desirable to have a description of the situation from this institution, in which the teacher (kindergarten teacher) describes the situation. If the child has previously visited a child neurologist, psychologist or speech therapist, you should have a written report from the specific specialist. If there are any problems with the child's physical health, you should have statements from the child's doctor, specialists and test results.
At the same time, explain to young children that there will be no painful procedures when seeing a psychiatrist, so there is nothing to be afraid of.
At the appointment with Child Psychiatrist
When you visit a child psychiatrist the parents first tell their child what is bothering them, and then the psychiatrist begins to gather the necessary data about the family and ask questions, for example about past illnesses and lifestyle.
The doctor then talks to the child, examines him/her, analyses the general condition, the development of the illness and the possible causes of the illness.
Which follow-up examination can be prescribed by the Child Psychiatrist?
A full examination may require consultation with other specialists. In such cases, the Child Psychiatrist may refer the child to another specialist and prescribe an electroencephalography (EEG), ultrasound examination of the brain, computed tomography (CT) of the brain.