Know Where to Find Help for Your Child

If you are worried about your child’s emotions or behavior but do not know a child and adolescent psychiatrist or a psychiatric facility with special programs for youngsters:

  • Ask friends or family members who have had experience with psychiatric treatment;
  • Consult your child’s pediatrician or family physician;
  • Contact your child’s school counselor or student assistance plan;
  • Ask your Employee Assistance Program representative;
  • Contact your local Medical Society, Psychiatric Society, Mental Health Association or county Mental Health Administrator;
  • Look in your Yellow Pages under “Physicians (Psychiatry, Child);”

Contact the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 3615 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016. Call (202) 966-7300 for the Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry nearest you.


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