Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has been an integral part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center for over 25 years. As part of the UMMC Department of Psychiatry, it provides inpatient, outpatient and consult-liaison services that support a network of clinical training programs and psychiatric research programs. The program reflects a balanced emphasis on development, psychodynamic psychiatry and neurobiology.

    Inpatient program

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's inpatient program serves children ages 5-12 in need of acute psychiatric hospitalization. The inpatient program has an average length of stay of 7 to 10 days. The program provides acute crisis intervention and stabilization, comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment planning for initial and recurrent psychiatric disorders, and consultation by pediatric, surgical, nutritional and other specialists.

    It uses multidisciplinary teams consisting of child and adolescent psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, special educators, occupational and recreational therapists, and speech and language pathologists. The teams have expertise in assessing and managing suicidal risk, disruptive behaviors, and psychotic symptoms, along with complex diagnostic and psychosocial issues.

    Treatment often includes individual, group, and family therapy; behavior therapy with parent guidance; pharmacotherapy, educational programs; and occupational and recreational therapy. As a tertiary care center, the inpatient program also provides specialized treatments for the most severe forms of psychopathology in children.

    Outpatient program

    Our outpatient program consists of clinics that provides a spectrum of services for children and adolescents with a broad range of behavioral, emotional and learning difficulties. Referrals are frequently made for attention-deficit and disruptive behavior disorders, learning and communication disorders, and anxiety and mood disorders. Other referrals include those for tic and stereotypic movement disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, eating disorders, alcohol and other substance related disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and problems related to abuse, neglect, divorce, and other stressful events.

    Outpatient services include an array of psychosocial and pharmacological treatments. The program provides integrated services with Catholic Charities for children and adolescents from low-income families and in foster care. Consultation for diagnostic and treatment issues is provided to pediatricians, family physicians, psychiatrists, and other mental health clinicians throughout the region.

    Consultation-liaison program

    The consultation-liaison program provides consultation-liaison services to pediatric inpatients at UMMC, Henley Young Juvenile Justice Center and to students at local elementary schools. Referrals are frequently made to the program for pediatric inpatients with depression and suicidal behavior, delirium and substance-related disorders, somatoform and factitious disorders, and psychological factors affecting a medical condition. Interdisciplinary conferences bring together clinicians from Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, Pediatric Psychology and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.