Recognising mental disorders in children and the adolescents is a complex problem. Different risk factors and protective factors must be considered during the examination. The prevalence of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders is 10-25% in the population ageing 0-18 years. Neither all these children require psychiatric treatment nor the Hungarian child psychiatry units are able to cover such a need. Many children can be treated by sufficiently trained professionals, e.g. family doctors or pediatricians. Consultation provided for the parent of the sick child has got extreme importance if the problem is mild and not classified as an illness officially. If the results are not sufficient a child psychiatrist should be consulted first. If the severity of the psychopathology underlying the illness is uncertain, a specialist's diagnostic or therapeutic help is needed. However, the appropriate specialist is not always the child psychiatrist. It is often not obvious in child and adolescent psychiatry which specialist is the most effective in solving the child's problem. In sone cases interdisciplinary co-operation might be needed. Consultation and liaison, collaborative skills of numerous fields and specialists can be the most effective way of treating children successfully.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Lege Artis Medicinae|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 1 1996|
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