Psychiatric admission for young child
February 6, 2014 8:11 PM Subscribe
My little one is going to be admitted to a psychiatric program. Please help me understand what that means.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My little one (think early primary) is going to be admitted to an outpatient psychiatric program, which would run during the day on weekdays. While all parties seem to agree that my child will benefit from this, I don't entirely understand what it means.
They (doctors, health department, hospital) say that they will be doing intensive screening/assessments and planning. They say they will be trying to figure out which of my child's multiple potential diagnoses could be there, whether there is anything else, what the triggers are, what helps, what the plan for supports at home/school/community need to be, what care will be needed later, etc. I kind of understand that part. What I don't really understand is what screening means and what they mean when they are talking about neuropsychiatric disorders, neurobiological disorders and underlying genetic conditions. There are only a handful of beds in this part of Canada for this and I know that, for my child to be considered, things have to be quite serious. I really think this intense period of assessment is necessary and that, if I review my child's condition with you all, you'd agree intervention is necessary, so I am not looking for anyone to question whether this is necessary. Tons of stuff has taken place so far and the problems persist and we want to turn the situation around. I just don't understand really what they are going to do to my child and what terms like neurobiological, neuropsychiatric and genetic conditions really mean. That part sounds kind of dire and scary to me. I'm also kind of in the dark about how I will be involved. It is kind of scary to have people go off with your kid in a psych ward, although I have reflected that it is approximately what happens when my kids go off to school each day - this is just in a hospital setting. Everyone I have met so far seems very kind and concerned and they haven't forced anything on us and seem to want a lot of parental involvement. I just really don't know what we are in for and wondered if anyone might know. I've never heard of such a young child going into a program, whereas I know a little more about what teens go through in psych programs. Yes, I know we can ask the program and our doctors for more info, but I thought maybe some Mefites could help by telling it from a different perspective.
Just please don't scare the heck out of his mommy.
Thanks in advance.