Chapter 2
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Complete Psychiatric Evaluation

Mom hugging girlWhat the psychiatrist will do:

  • Talk to the child
  • Talk to the caregivers and medical consenter
  • Review medical history
  • If needed, get laboratory studies such as blood tests or electrocardiograms (EKGs). If needed, get special assessments such as:
    • A psychological evaluation which is a mental examination and testing by a psychologist
    • Educational assessments which help find out a child's ability to learn material at an appropriate age and grade level and the best way for a child to learn
    • Speech and language evaluation to assess the child's ability to understand language, express him or herself, and speak clearly
  • Give a diagnosis
  • Recommend the best way to treat the child