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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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Developmental growth both physically and mentally can often explain a child’s behavior. It is when difficult behaviors continue over a period of time or are disruptive that a mental health issue may be the problem.

We see patients ranging from ages 2 to 18 for a variety of mental health issues including:
  • Behavior issues
  • Autism
  • Trauma
  • Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse

Symptoms that could indicate a mental health problem:

Young Children
  • Decline in school performance
  • Problems eating or sleeping
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Fears and worries
  • Hyperactivity with or without difficulty paying attention
  • Frequent, unexplained temper tantrums 
  • Persistent aggression or disobedience
  • Treats of self-harm
Adolescents
  • Decline in school performance
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Persistent nightmares
  • Difficulty coping with daily activities and problems
  • Prolonged negative attitude or depressive mood
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Anger and aggressive behavior
  • Severe worries and anxiety
  • Threats of self-harm
  • Excessive dieting, using laxatives or throwing up to lose weight
  • Use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting out sexually