Since the schooling years are the foundation years of our educational life, it is best to seek consultation as soon as possible. To delay seeking consultation/ help may result in losing precious time and as such can adversely affect the outcome of therapy.
“Scholastic backwardness” or difficulty in studying can be due to various reasons including some psychiatric disorders like Learning Disorders (LDs), Intellectual Disability, Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Communication Disorders, etc
Some children may also have scholastic difficulties secondary to Anxiety disorders, Depressive disorders, Bipolar Mood disorders, Psychotic disorders that are known to sometimes have an earlier than usual onset.
Once the child has approached for consultation alongwith parents, a detailed history is noted by our child psychiatrist . A mental state examination of child is crucial and helps determine our diagnosis. More often than not, testing is advised. This is done to have a comprehensive approach towards the patient and helps avoid diagnostic confusion, which is quite common in pediatric cases due to the emerging and evolving illnesses. The tests may involve Intelligence testing as well as testing of Personality traits. Treatment is tailored as per the diagnosis or diagnoses. Treatment, more often than not, include both medications as well as psychotherapy. Sometimes, counseling of parents, regarding parenting skills may also be needed.
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