Along with adult psychiatry, I also specialize in adolescent & child psychiatry in Menlo Park, CA. Schedule an appointment with me for a diagnostic evaluation.
Child and Adolescent Patients
For children under 14, I meet first with the parents to understand their goals for the evaluation and concerns about treatment. I take a complete history of the presenting problem – previous treatment, current stressors, symptoms and behaviors and their duration, the effects of the symptoms and behaviors on family and peers and on academic functioning.
I meet with an adolescent first, before the parents, since they should be developing autonomy from the family. This sequence underscores it is their treatment first and the family’s second.
When meeting with adults, I ask why they are consulting me, and about their goals for the evaluation and subsequent treatment. I gather the current history of symptoms and how these symptoms are impacting their social, educational, and work lives; past psychiatric history, – which treatments worked and which did not; family psychiatric history, educational, work, and social history, and history of substance use/abuse.