Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Wellness Center is one of UAE’s leading healthcare provider in psychiatry, mental and behavioral support.

We offer services in Dubai (UAE) where patients from Gulf region and beyond come for treatment. AWC caters for all ages and backgrounds across the continuum of care as an outpatient facility and specialized programs for adults, children, adolescents, and older individuals in mental and behavior health sector. We are experienced caring for a diverse population of patients, with programs that reflect and support the need of our communities. We are proud of our long history of providing compassionate care with each patient's personal needs in mind, and we maintain a firm commitment to putting our patients first.

Who is a child and adolescent Psychiatrist?

A child and adolescent psychiatrist is a medical doctor and physician who specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents, and their families and is authorized to prescribe medication if required. A child and adolescent psychiatrist offers families the advantage of acquiring medical training, the medical traditions of professional ethics, and medical responsibility in addition to having psychological treatment training for providing comprehensive care including medication management.

A child and adolescent psychiatrist can treat children and young people up to the age of 18 with a wide range of mental health conditions.

Why would you see a Child Psychiatrist?

Most mental health issues develop during early life, therefore identifying youth mental health early on is a critical part of the mental health care with advantage of early detection and early management. Our child and adolescent psychiatrists are consultant doctors trained to provide expert, evidence-based, family-focused mental health care to infants, children, adolescents and youths.

Psychiatrists are Medical doctors (MD or DO) specializing in treating a wide range of illnesses affecting the mind and brain and authorized to prescribe medication based on your mental health condition in conjunction with physical health. Their work makes a significant difference to the lives of very vulnerable children and young people.


Our child and adolescent mental health services cover:
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Communication disorders (language disorders, speech sound disorders, social or pragmatic communication disorders, childhood-onset fluency disorder)
  • Specific learning disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  • Neurodevelopmental motor disorders (developmental coordination disorders, dyspraxia, stereotypic disorder, tic disorders, Tourette’s syndrome)
  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Trauma and stress related disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Disruptive, impulse-control and conduct disorders
  • Substance-related and/or internet addictive disorders
  • Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Bipolar and related disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
  • Somatic symptoms and related disorders
  • Feeding and eating disorders
  • Elimination disorders (enuresis and encopresis)

When these conditions persist over time, not only can they become increasingly complex, but serious consequences can spill into all corners of our lives.

 

How we work

We provide outpatient care for children, adolescents, and adults.  We also have specialty programs designed to meet the unique needs.

At American Wellness Center our child and adolescent psychiatrist uses a knowledge of biological, psychological, and social factors in working with patients. Initially, a comprehensive diagnostic interview is performed to evaluate the current problem with special attention to its physical, genetic, developmental, emotional, cognitive, educational, family, peer, and social components. The child and adolescent psychiatrist arrives at a diagnosis and diagnostic formulation which are shared with the patient and family. The child and adolescent psychiatrist then designs a treatment plan which considers all the components and discusses these recommendations with the child or adolescent and family.

An integrated approach may involve individual, group or family psychotherapy; medication; and/or consultation with other physicians or professionals from schools depending upon the needs. They may perform examinations, order laboratory tests, recommend psychological assessment, EEG and / or brain scans.

(“Diagnoses” is defined as symptoms clusters identified and agreed upon by the American Psychiatric Association in what they call DSM-5, which is 5th edition (published 2013) of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).


Our team of Psychiatrists use multiple treatment strategies. These can include:
  • Psychiatric evaluations and assessments
  • Psychotherapy and medication management
  • Medication management for teens and adolescents based on the severity of conditions and necessity
    Mental health reports
  • Psycho-social interventions
  • TMS (Transcranial magnetic stimulation) Clickable to TMS
  • Seminars and webinars to bring mental health awareness

What are the types of medication management?

  • Antidepressants are used to treat depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), borderline personality disorder (BPD) and eating disorders
  • Stimulants can treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Antipsychotic medications can treat psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations) of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and mood disorders
  • Sedatives and hypnotics can treat anxiety and sleeping problems
  • Mood stabilizers/anti-epileptics can treat bipolar, cyclothymia disorder

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