Learn more about Adolescent Psychiatrists & Pediatric Psychiatrists

A child and adolescent psychiatrist specializes in diagnosing and treating developmental, behavioral, emotional, and mental health disorders in teens and young children. A child and adolescent, or pediatric psychiatrist focuses on the biological, psychological and social components of these disorders. They help children and their families find ways to cope with psychological problems, relationship problems, stress and crises.

A child and adolescent psychiatrist typically: 

  • Evaluates your child’s mental, emotional, behavioral and developmental health

  • Performs psychiatric examinations and psychotherapy

  • Orders and interprets laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging exams

  • Prescribes medications

  • Diagnoses and treats depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dementia, developmental disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse problems

A child and adolescent psychiatrist may also be known as a child psychiatrist or a teen psychiatrist.

There are 11103 specialists practicing Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in the United States with an overall average rating of 3.6 stars. There are 1050 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Child & Adolescent Psychiatry specialists, including Boston Children's Hospital, MUSC Health University Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital.