A typical encounter for a child psychiatrist is to see a child brought in by his mother for behavioral problems. In these cases, the most important question to ask is, "When was the divorce/separation/affair?" If the parents are divorced/separated, the child psychiatrist should next ask the mother if she has a boyfriend who might possibly be sexually/physically/emotionally abusing the child. Asking these simple questions provides key diagnostic information in many child psychiatry cases.
And if the father is the one bringing in the kid, then that kid really has problems.
Disclaimer: I am a general adult psychiatrist. I do not like children that much (except for my own). I am probably a little cynical from my experiences as a resident.
This post was inspired by the Dec 30 post on Mental Notes.
Comments are welcome