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We have an upcoming appt with a psychiatrist for our 3.5 yo ds, as well as a hearing test and bloodwork for allergies. Ds has impulse control, transition and a few other issues as well as a long history of GI issues and we're hoping to get an outside opinion to see if there is a potential systematic problem here.<br><br>
We are so worried, though, that ds will be mis-diagnosed or 'classified' as such-and-such by someone who doesn't have much experience, or that this is the beginning of endless testing to 'discover' something wrong with him.<br><br>
So 1) how do you know the dr knows what s/he is talking about?, and 2) do you know of anyone who has brought their kid in to see a psychiatrist and the psychiatrist has said 'your kid is normal, go home!' ?<br><br>
Thanks!<br><br>
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I think this is a really difficult question to answer. For me, personally, much of it is gut instinct. I don't know if it's so much their answers to certain questions, their interraction with myself and my child, or their experience, but it's the feeling they give me. I would definately go armed with questions that are important to you (which can include something about what their experiences with certian types of children are).<br>
I do know lots of people who have brought their kids to a psych and they children were not diagnosed (I actually think that is the mark of a good doc- one who is not afraid to *not* diagnose when there isn't actually a problem)<br>
I'm not so sure a psych is the best type of doctor to start with, though. I am sure there are many good child psych's, but there are also many who are nothing more than prescription writers. I would suggest finding a developmental ped, neuro-psych, or psychologist, that specializes in the types of issues your child is having. Perhaps someone who is a DAN doctor, or someone who uses the NIDs protocol, or a naturopath would be helpful as well?<br>
If you're wanting to get your child into some type of therapy right away- find out what Early Intervention program provides services in your area, too.<br>
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Thanks for your post. How would I go about finding a developmental ped or other such specialist? The psych was referred to me by our fam practice dr.<br><br>
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I'm assuming you're in Chicago, Chimama. if that's the case, you can try children's memorial helpline. 1-800-kids-doc. You can also call and tell them what you're looking for. They may have a specific suggestion or referral. If you do decide to look for a DAN doctor, please avoid Dr. hicks in Grayslake. We had a terrible experience with him.<br><br>
You can also google the referred doctor. You may get a vita, or at least some information about specialites, etc. There is also a place to look up malpractice issues and things like that, but I'm not sure where to find it.<br><br>
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You could check the local phone book to see who's advertising in your area, call the ped and ask for other specialists to choose from, or check the list that your health insurance will pay for.
 
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