This module will focus on mood disorders, thought disorders, and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
Identify the reasons children and adolescents seek out or are referred to mental health services
Identify major child/adolescent mental health diagnoses
Identify common medications prescribed to youth with mental health conditions and their side effects
Explain the impact a mental health condition can have on a child/adolescent's behavior, relationships, and academic performance
Describe major considerations when trying to de-escalate a child or adolescent in crisis due to a mental illness and demonstrate effective communication techniques
A child and adolescent psychiatrist is the ideal professional to present this unit. If you are unable to find a psychiatrist to fill this role, consider an advanced nurse practitioner or clinical psychologist who specializes in child and adolescent mental health.