Child and adolescent psychiatry represents a special medical discipline. Contrary to adult psychiatry, there’s more concern about the development of the young person and about his/her environment (family, peers, etc.).
Common diagnoses in child psychiatry are attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), emotional and anxiety disorders and, last but not least, autism spectrum disorders. Symptoms often interfere with child’s functioning in kindergarten or school environment or ability to reach expected developmental level (e.g. self-regulation skills, social competence, emotional development..).
In adolescence, eating disorders, conduct disorders, mood disorders (mainly depressive disorder) and problems of so-called disharmonic personality development, become more prevalent.