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What are three important things I should know about being a Child Psychiatrist?

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Michel’s Answer

Good question and a hard one to answer. Important thing to know is a Psychiatrist and Psychologist are not the same thing. Psychiatrist will be a medical doctor with around 12 years of education. A Psychologist will work towards therapy and working towards helping the person they will have around 8 years of education. Both people are very important in the treatment of individuals and especially children. Psychiatrists will work with meds a little bit more and Psychologist will work on exposing people to things that may cause them their issue. Lets say you are anxious in social situations. A psychiatrist will give you an anxiety medication and the Psychologist will work towards getting you more comfortable in those social situations and slowly work towards weaning off the medication. In conjunction these fields work amazing together in reality they butt heads at times.

So to answer the question. You will be dealing with difficult problems and it can take a lot out of a provider. It is estimated that around 50 percent of children will experience a trauma in their lifetime. For some people these traumas don’t create impacts, but on others it can cause debilitating problems that you will try to help them through.

It will be extremely rewarding work. You are helping some of the most at risk children in the country. You are doing a lot of things that can help these children and give them much better lives.

You will be dealing with a lot of parents which can make the treatment of individuals a lot harder. When you start working with parents and kids things can become complicated because you are having to take information from multiple angles instead of just one angle.

Either way these fields are absolutely essential and have been showing a lot of growth in the country due to the benefit that they create. These are very noble goals and I am happy that you are interested in them due to the amount of good you can create with helping them. I hope this answers your question and wish you the best of luck.
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shawn’s Answer

From the perspective of a person who is NOT a Child Psychiatrist, I would say the top three thngs are:

1.) You will be exposed to very difficult and sometimes heart-wrenching experiences in the child's life. Be prepared for that emotionally.

2.) Some children will have a very hard time sharing and communicating with you.

3.) You will have an amazing opportunities to help young people and will really make a difference in their lives.
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