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Information about the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Definition of a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
The child and adolescent psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents and their families.

Policy Statements
Developed by the AACAP Committees, then approved by the AACAP Council, these statements reflect the AACAP's voice on issues affecting the health of children, adolescents, and their families.

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Facts for Families
Concise, up-to-date information on issues affecting children, teenagers, and their families.

Child and Adolescent Mental Illness and Drug Abuse Statistics
Statistics on the prevalence of mental illnesses like ADHD, autism, and bipolar disorder, and drug abuse.

Glossary of Symptoms and Mental Illnesses
Defines 17 major mental disorders in easily understandable language. Also provides a resource list.

Psychiatric Medication
The latest information on children and Psychiatric Medication

learn about mental illnesses/disorders

Resource Centers
AACAP's Resource Centers empower consumers through patient education. Each AACAP Resource Center contains consumer friendly definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, a definition of clinical resources, expert interviews, abstracts from the JAACAP, and Scientific Proceedings and Facts for Families relevant to each disorder.

Expert Videos
View child and adolescent psychiatry experts speak about ADHD, divorce, autism, and more.

ADHD - A Guide for Families
To be a good advocate for your child, you need to learn as much as you can about ADHD. This guidebook and video program will help you:

  • Find out if your child may have ADHD.
  • Work with your child's doctor to get the right treatment.
  • Support your child in school.
  • Help your child feel confident, secure, and successful.

Click here for the ADHD Guide for Families video

getting help

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder
Use AACAP's Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder to find a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist near you.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) developed The Use of Medication in Treating Childhood and Adolescent Depression and ADHD: Information for Patients and Families. Both the ParentsMedGuide and PhysiciansMedGuide were designed to help individuals make informed decisions about childhood and adolescent depression treatment.

Clinical Trials
Looking for information on available clinical trials?

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Legislative Action
Information on legislation that affects the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry and other child mental health professionals, and access to child and adolescent psychiatry services.

more resources

Youth Voice Tip Sheet 
This Tip Sheet was developed to provide guidance for how child and adolescent psychiatrists can more effectively communicate and partner with young people.

The "Big 10" Questions for Parents

Kids and Pop Culture
Exploring the impact of popular culture on today's children and adolescents. Read reviews on movies, books and television shows.

School-based Mental Health
Strong Minds: Mental Health for a New Generation
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry commissioned this video to promote and support school-based mental health services for children and adolescents.

Easy access to psychiatric services is key to early identification, intervention, and treatment for students affected by emotional, behavioral and mental disorders. School-based mental health clinics provide this important access. They are the new frontier for the 21st century.
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Click here for the Strong Minds video

Bill of Rights for Children's Mental Health Disorders and their Families
All families deserve access to quality mental health treatment. This Bill of Rights for Children’s Mental Health Disorders and their Families was developed by a coalition for children’s mental health facilitated by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. It is an important guide for families and their physicians to use when advocating for what families living with mental illnesses should expect from treatment.
Please note: This Bill of Rights is not a legal document. A violation of these Rights does not necessarily indicate illegal activity.