Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Treatment Q & A
What Is Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Treatment?
Child and adolescent psychiatry focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health issues affecting children and adolescents. Examples of common mental health challenges include:
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Conduct Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Eating Disorders
If your child or loved one has a mental health condition, psychiatric treatments can dramatically improve their quality of life.
What Are The Symptoms Of Mental Health Conditions?
Common symptoms you may encounter with mental health challenges include:
- Behavioral Changes
- Emotional Distress
- Attention and Focus
- Academic Issues
- Sleep Disturbances
- Changes in Appetite
- Social Difficulties
- Self-Harm or Suicidal Thoughts
These and other symptoms can feel crippling and interfere with school, work, and interpersonal relationships.
What Are Common Psychiatric Treatments?
Common reasons for scheduling appointments include concerns about poor school performance, instances of aggressive behavior, and frequent temper tantrums.
Things you can do at home to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health challenges include getting regular exercise, eating healthy foods, reducing stress, and maintaining a healthy weight. Don’t smoke or drink excessive amounts of alcohol and get plenty of sleep.
Some of the many diagnostic tests available at Compassionate Psychiatric Services include the Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.®) for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pharmacogenetic (DNA) testing, and more.
Taking oral medications can reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other mental health conditions you may struggle with. Compassionate Psychiatric Services providers tailor medication management plans to maximize your outcome.
Play therapy is a valuable and evidence-based approach that recognizes and respects the unique way children communicate. Through play, children can find healing, build resilience, and develop the emotional tools necessary for a healthy and balanced life. If you're considering play therapy for your child, consulting with a qualified play therapist can provide deeper insights into the potential benefits for your child's specific needs.
To learn more about the highly effective psychiatric treatments available at Compassionate Psychiatric Services and find out if they’re right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.