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The first goal that should point the child and adolescent psychiatrist is to reach a diagnosis. The diagnostic process takes time, exploration, extensive and profound knowledge and great capacity for reflection. The basic tool for diagnosis remains the interview with the patient and his family, together and / or separated. If necessary, an appeal to some specific studies that are performed by other technicians of the Mental Health team: psychological study, psychomotor evaluation, educational assessment, language assessment, biological studies, etc..
The diagnosis involves not only say, “This child is such a thing.” A global diagnosis not only puts a name to what is happening to the child, but also analyzed the whole situation surrounding and environment.
To diagnose means to understand the situation and provide a seat on a very safe treatment recommendation.
It is a fundamental part of the consultation that the technician and the patient and his family understand each other. The diagnosis should be shared with the child’s parents, in terms that are comprehensible. The psychiatrist is a doctor and as such should be able to explain the patient’s understanding of the condition that affects him. The psychiatrist is a person and as such should be able to speak the language and communicate with people who asks for help in terms that can be understood.
We call for dignified and respectful of those who consult the child psychiatrist: the patient and his family are entitled to know, be informed and decide which are ultimately willing to risk.