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Managing child psychiatry 

Managing child psychiatry
Managing child psychiatry

Felipe Picon

, Patrick Kelly

, and Rutger Jan van der Gaag

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date: 30 November 2021

Throughout the world, child and adolescent psychiatry is either a subspecialty within psychiatry or a medical specialty in its own right. Child psychiatry is still an open field for discoveries and improvements in the fascinating field of developmental psychopathology. It is with this perspective that this chapter elucidates some possible questions for early career psychiatrists who are considering pursuing a career in child psychiatry. It presents the differences in training when comparing child psychiatry to adult psychiatry, explores some challenges faced at the start of a career, and shows the opportunities in the field. This chapter aims to both inspire future psychiatrists to choose this specialty and also, at the same time, to demystify some aspects of the profession for those who have already chosen child psychiatry as a career.

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