Track: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


A division of psychiatry that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses in infants, teenagers, and their families is child and adolescent psychiatry (or pediatric psychiatry). It discusses the biopsychosocial factors that affect the development and course of these psychiatric conditions and the reactions to care to different treatments.

Adolescence is a critical time for the formation and maintenance of essential social and emotional patterns for mental well-being. These include healthy sleep patterns; daily exercise; coping, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills development; and emotion-management learning.