Therapists often focus on minimizing behavioral or emotional issues by using talk therapy to help children and teens develop coping mechanisms. Play therapy is common for young children who might struggle to express themselves.
On the other hand, psychiatrists come at mental illness from a medical perspective. They often prescribe medication to address problematic neurochemical issues that contribute to depression, anxiety, or other problems.
Even if a child or teen does need a therapist, psychiatric care could make therapy more effective. Many studies indicate that a combination of therapy and medicine works best to treat some disorders. It’s difficult to participate successfully in therapy when your brain is struggling to function, but medication might solve that issue for some kids.