Sidra Medicine’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

We Explore & Improve Mental Health in a Safe Environment

Mental health is an important part of our overall wellbeing that is often overlooked. Dealing with stress, depression, and mental illness are not only difficult for the mind—they can affect the body as well.

At Sidra Medicine, the Division of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) can provide your child and family with quality mental health services and resources.

Our goal is to increase community awareness of mental health concerns in children and adolescents, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and autism-related disorders. There are no stigmas here. When it comes to mental health, we believe it is of the utmost importance that everyone has access to the compassionate, knowledgeable healthcare they need.

It is our mission to advance clinical care, research, and education in mental health through exploration of psychopathology in children and adolescents.

Prepared to Treat a Wide Variety of Mental Health Conditions

With an expert team of child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists, all of whom are trained in excellent programs and universities abroad, we provide comprehensive Child and Adolescent Mental Health services to children and young people from 5 to 18 years of age. We also have an outstanding nursing and lallied health staff to support the CAMHS team.

After an initial evaluation and a second opinion from our mental health professionals, we provide ongoing care for a wide range of mental health conditions using psychotherapy, medication, and psychological assessments.

Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Disruptive behavior disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Conversion disorder
  • Tic disorders
  • Hair pulling

Our treatments are rooted in evidence-based practices and aimed at improving patient’s mental health and functionality long-term.

Mental Health Emergencies

If your child has a mental health emergency, such as suicidal thoughts, abnormally aggressive behavior, depression, or psychosis, they can be evaluated at the Sidra Medicine emergency room (ER). The CAMHS team assists the ER with mental health emergencies by assisting the child or young person and making referrals to appropriate medical resources. After the initial assessment, we will help your family figure out what to do next.

CAHMS Outpatient Clinic

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic is currently located in Sidra Medicine Outpatient building, on floor 1B and 2M, next to the main hospital. Clinic hours are 7am-3pm, Sunday to Thursday. Clinics are staffed with child and adolescent psychiatrists and clinical psychologists who are trained to provide comprehensive outpatient clinical care for a range of conditions.

The CAHMS outpatient clinic offers:

  • Parent education and support
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication management
  • School advocacy
  • Psychological testing and assessment

Our faculty is also available for a second opinion or one-time consultation to families and clinicians. Through a centralized intake process, services are streamlined to fit the individual child's and family's needs.

Referrals can be made using the following process:

  • Step 1: Download a Sidra Referral Form
  • Step 2: Complete required fields, including a distinctive reason for referral, and a clinically justifiable level of priority.
    Note: Please use legible handwriting, and indicate clinical service for a referral.
  • Step 3: Print three copies; one each for Sidra, the patient, and the referrer.
  • Step 4: Sign, stamp (if available), and date the hard copy for Sidra.
  • Step 5: Fax copy to +974 4003 6024 or e-mail it to OPCReferrals@sidra.org

Referrals

To make it more convenient for the families, any teacher or school counselor can also refer the child or young person to us by completing our referral form. Once the information is received, children and young people are seen (triaged) based on the severity of their condition. Our goal is to see urgent referrals within seven days and routine referrals within 30 days after the referral is triaged.

Resources For the Families

You can learn more about child and adolescent mental health from the following websites: