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How to prepare for child’s first mental health visit

James Demer, MDPreparing for a child‘s first mental health appointment requires parents to be honest and patient, says an Upstate child and adolescent psychiatrist. Parents should tell the child why they are seeking help and how it can make things better, says James Demer, MD, who offers age-appropriate tips for this. He explains what to expect, how to deal with any stigma or anxiety and that it takes time for the assessment and treatment processes to take place.