Every child is different and similarly problems which they face are different.
Goal of our assessment would be to understand the child's illness and to offer a symptom and target based management plan.
Giving medicines / pharmacotherapy is often not the first line of treatment in children and adolescents.
As most of the child's problems stem from individual, family or environmental factors ; appropriate modifications in these factors and psychotherapy would be considered as initial treatment strategy.
Use of medications depends on severity and is justified in following problems:
- Behavioural abnormalities in mental retardation
- Severe anxiety
- Severe depression
- Childhood onset bipolarity
If medications need to be given and it would benefit the daily functioning and quality of life of the kid; such a decision would be taken after due discussion with parents/caregivers.