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What it takes to become a child and adolescent psychiatrist? What do they exactly do?

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Child and adolescent psychiatrist specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling and behavior affecting children, adolescents, and their families. Psychiatrists use knowledge of biological, psychological, and social factors in working with patients. It takes 4 years of medical school, and at least 3 years of approved residency training in medicine, neurology, and general psychiatry with adults, and 2 years of training in psychiatric work with children, adolescents, and their families to get an accredited residency in child and adolescent psychiatry. During their study a special importance is given to disorders that appear in childhood, such as pervasive developmental disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, mental retardation, mood disorders, depressive and anxiety disorders, drug dependency and delinquency. The child and adolescent psychiatrist has to continue to study and learn about the new advances in the specialty by reading scientific literature and attending conferences to be able to apply new knowledge effectively in their work
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