with Eating Disorders
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Abuse - The Hidden Bruises
Who Can't Pay Attention
Who Won't Go to School
Child with Autism
and TV Violence
and Family Moves
with Learning Disabilities
Child with a Long-Term Illness
Day Care a Good Experience
Medication for Children and Adolescents Part I: How Medications
When to Seek Help for Your Child
can be contacted to seek Help for Your Child
Your Health Insurance Benefits
to Child Sexual Abuse
Medication for Children and Adolescents Part II: Types of Medications
Children Have Children
Questions to Ask Before Psychiatric Hospital Treatment of Children
Children After a Disaster
Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness) in Teens
of Parents with Mental Illness
Influence of Music and Music Videos
Abuse Treatment for Children and Adolescents: Questions to Ask
Continuum of Care
with Soiling and Bowel Control
Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Medications for Children and Adolescents Part III: Questions to
is Psychotherapy For Children and Adolescents?
and Watching TV
Violent Behavior in Children & Adolescents
Preparing for Adolescence
Adolescent Development - Middle School and Early High School Years
Adolescent Development - Late High School Years and Beyond
Disorder in Children and Adolescents
to Your Kids About Sex
And Lesbian Adolescents
Threats: When are they serious?
Teenagers with Stress
and The News
Stress Disorder (PTSD)
with Oppositional Defiant Disorder
for Your Child
Your Teen Become a Safe Driver
a Pet Dies
in Children and Teens
QUESTIONS TO ASK
in a psychiatric facility is one of a range of available treatment
options when a child or adolescent is mentally ill. Parents
are naturally concerned and may be frightened and confused
when inpatient treatment is recommended for their child. By
asking the following questions, parents will gain a better
understanding of the proposed stay in an inpatient facility:
is psychiatric inpatient treatment being recommended for
our child, and how will it help our child?
are the other treatment alternatives to hospital treatment,
and how do they compare?
a child and adolescent psychiatrist admitting our child
to the hospital?
does the inpatient treatment include, and how will our child
be able to keep up with school work?
are the responsibilities of the child and adolescent psychiatrist
and other people on the treatment team?
long will our child be in the hospital, how much will it
cost, and how do we pay for these services?
will happen if we can no longer afford to keep our child
in this hospital or if the insurance company denies coverage
and inpatient treatment is still necessary?
our child be on a unit specifically designed for the treatment
pf children and adolescents and is this hospital accredited
by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare
Organizations (JCAHO) as a treatment facility for youngsters
of our child's age?
will we as parents be involved in our child's hospital treatment,
including the decision for discharge and after-care treatment?
will the decision be made to discharge our child from the
our child is discharged, what are the plans for continuing
or follow-up treatment?
treatment is a serious matter for parents, children and
adolescents. Parents should raise these questions before
their child or adolescent is admitted to the hospital.
Parents who are informed and included as part of their
child's hospital treatment are important contributors
and partners in the treatment process.
after asking the above questions, parents still have serious
questions or doubts, they should feel free to ask for
a second opinion.
additional information see Facts for Families:
#24 Know When to Seek Help for Your Child
#25 Know Where to Seek Help for Your Child
#26 Know Your Health Insurance Benefits
#41 Making Decisions About Substance Abuse Treatment
#42 The Continuum of Care
#74 Advocating for Your Child, and
#52 Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation.
See Also: Your Child (1998 Harper Collins)/Your
Adolescent (1999 Harper Collins).
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Deficit/ Hyperactivity #6
Physical Illness #19
of Care #42
And Lesbian Teens #63
and Children #59
- Normal Adolescent
Development #57, #58
Defiant Disorder #72
(mentally ill) #39
- Pets #75,
Stress Disorder #70
Child and Adolescent #00
- Seeking Help
(talking about) #62
- Sexual Abuse
Abuse Treatment #41
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