Finding a mental health expert for your bipolar child can be a challenge, especially since child psychiatrists these days are almost as rare as a Siberian tiger. Your best bet for finding one is to start by asking your doctor and your child’s doctor for referrals. You can also find the closest teaching hospital to your home and contact their child and adolescent psychiatry department. If that still doesn’t get you what you’re looking for, you can search the online doctor finder of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists website or the CABF Directory of Professional Members. If you still can’t find a child psychiatrist, select a psychiatrist with experience treating mood disorders in adults and children.
Once you’ve identified a mental health professional that you are interested in working with, ask what insurance he/she takes. Ideally, you will want to find one that takes your insurance.