Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.When a child reacts like your daughter is to others, there are two possibilities: one is that something happened to her that caused her to act this way, or two, this is coming from inside of her such as with a mental illness. At this point, it is not clear which is the case. Therefore, an evaluation by a qualified therapist is important. In order to find your daughter a therapist, you can ask her doctor for a referral. Or you can search on line at http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/. You want to find a therapist who specializes in childhood disorders. A Master's level therapist or a Ph.D are the best ones to provide a full evaluation and therapy. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor trained in psychology. They mostly prescribe mediations, though they can do therapy. A psychiatrist will be helpful if your daughter is diagnosed with Bipolar, which is best controlled with a combination of medications and therapy.Here is a list of credentials to help you know what you are looking for:http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/content/therapy_credentials.html You want to find someone who has either a M.S., M.Ed, M.A., or M.S.W./L.S.W. These are some of the most common degrees for therapists. Other initials are usually extra certifications or licenses.Here are some other resources to help you:
http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=13107http://www.thebalancedmind.org/learn/library/about-pediatric-bipolar-disorder?page=all I hope this has helped you,Kate
At what age should I seekcounseling and therapy.
She can go right now. Any child over the age of 3 can be in counseling.
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