Mental Health

Child and adolescent psychiatry

The presentation of mental illness is wide-ranging, often indistinct and sometimes subtle.The child psychiatrist gathers information on signs and symptoms, biological elements, patterns of organization of psychological functioning and models of relational interaction which, together, enable a differential diagnosis to be made between normal processes – typical of each maturational stage – and clinical conditions (diseases or disorders) that interfere with the intellectual and affective development of each child or young person.When necessary, it recommends differentiated and timely therapeutic intervention.

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