Overview: Referrals for genetic evaluation from child psychiatrists

Katharine R. Press, Laura Wieczorek, Julie Hoover-Fong, Joann Bodurtha, Lynn Taylor

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A growing multitude of known genetic diagnoses can result in presentation to child psychiatry. For numerous reasons, it is important to identify a genetic etiology in child psychiatry patients when it is present. Genetic diagnoses can guide treatment and enable access to specialized clinics and appropriate screening measures. They can also allow for genetic counseling for the patient and family. A better understanding of etiology with a named diagnosis can itself be of great value to many patients and families; prognostic information can be empowering. Since patients with genetic conditions may present to psychiatric care in diverse ways, child psychiatrists must decide who to refer for genetic evaluation. Here we create a table to provide a framework of concerning/notable history and exam features that a practicing child psychiatrist may encounter that should prompt one to consider whether a larger, unifying genetic diagnosis is at hand. We hope this framework will facilitate referral of child psychiatry patients to genetics so that more patients can benefit from an appropriate diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 28 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Child psychiatry
  • Diagnosis
  • Genetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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