There is so much medical information available (doubling every four years now) that no professional can have been exposed to all the information related to a particular symptom, diagnosis, or problem. In other words, one person can’t know everything; each of us is limited by our memory, brain capacity, and time constraints. The more serious the concerns, the more important it is to have more than one professional give their opinion. The most valuable second opinions come from experts in a very specific area, for example, if you believe that your child is suffering from schizophrenia, look for a second opinion from someone who only works exclusively with patients who have schizophrenia.
I am happy to do an evaluation in order to give a second opinion; however, keep in mind that I do not specialize in only one specific area. I consider myself to be well versed in ADHD, OCD, depressive disorders, most childhood disorders, schizophrenia, childhood autism spectrum disorders, and issues requiring psychotherapy. Additionally, I bring a 3-year history as a pediatrician to my evaluation, in other words, I have a fairly good grasp on pediatric medical disorders.
To give a true second opinion, it is necessary to do a thorough evaluation, just as if I were giving the first opinion.
Consultations and Second Opinions are very similar, just delivered to different parties. Depending on the scope of the questions being asked, I will gather information and then endeavor to give clarification, insight, and, possibly, recommendations. A consultation (and second opinion) implies that I will not be providing treatment, only evaluation, information, and recommendations.