What Is Psychiatry?

Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. A child psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in caring for the mental health needs of children.

Conditions Psychiatry Treats

Kids who have disabilities and complex conditions often require mental health care. Child psychiatrists can address the mental health needs that accompany complex conditions and disabilities.

Children and teens who have physical disabilities often have conditions that can include:

  • Adjustment disorders.
  • Anxiety.
  • Attention, hyperactivity and learning disorders.
  • Depression.
  • Mood disorders.

Psychiatry Tests and Treatments

If your child has mental health needs related to disabilities or complex conditions, we offer psychiatric evaluations and assessments. We meet with you, teachers and other members of your child’s care team to identify and treat symptoms. After an evaluation, we might recommend psychiatric therapy or medicine.

Integrated Care

Psychiatrists at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare are experts in the unique needs of children, teens and adults who have disabilities and complex conditions.

By collaborating with other specialists, a pediatric psychiatrist makes sure any recommended therapeutic and medical treatments work well with your child’s overall treatment plan.

Gillette also provides adults services, where we evaluate and treat older teens and adults whose health needs began in childhood. We offer our integrated programs for both inpatient and outpatient medical care.