As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, when I listen to my young patients, I often hear personal tales of crisis, confusion, and even despair. Throughout my clinical work with these kids, I try mightily to remain balanced. Both empathy and hopefulness are juxtaposed to my relentlessly working at removing any barriers, be they biological or psychosocial, that block progression toward living happier, healthier and more productive lives in their communities. These humane and measured emphases loom as basic tenets of my profession as a physician, and they have remained so since time out of mind.
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