Infants are now being treated by psychiatrists:

Eating and sleep issues are primarily why mental-health professionals see infants, says Dr. Thomas Anders, an infant psychiatrist at the University of California, Davis M.I.N.D. Institute and president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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  • Gasman

    I’ll conceed that some infants and children might need assistance coping with dysfunctional parents, but it is without a doubt the parents who require the mental health input.

    Children have always had a range of personality, differing in sleep patterns, need for parental attention and in their responsiveness to their caregivers in return. Parents need to learn to adapt to their roles and adapt their responses to each individual child. Some children will require greater adaptation from the parent’s preferred lifestyle, requiring of the parent adaptation to the child’s needs. When parents are too busy in non-child rearing pursuits a conflict will exist. Selfish parents will perceive that their child needs fixing; real parents will recognize it is they who need fixing and adapt.

  • Anonymous

    I hope insurance refuses to cover this.

  • Anonymous

    How does an “infant psychiatrist” go about doing a mental status exam? Appearance – Disheveled, poor eye contact, slumped posture…

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