Children and adolescents can struggle with mental health issues. But they often find it hard to express how they feel. If you’re worried about your child’s mental health, the experienced Northeast Pediatric Associates PA team has the skills to find out what’s wrong and help your child get better. The practice has offices in Castroville, Schertz, and San Antonio, Texas, providing expert diagnosis and treatment of children with mental health problems. To give your child the help they need, call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.
Children can struggle with mental health problems and behavioral disorders from an early age. Young children find it hard to explain how they feel, so they often get into trouble for acting out or being naughty when they have mental health issues.
When children go through puberty, their hormone levels change dramatically, triggering problem behaviors in many teens. At this stage, the challenge for parents is knowing whether their child’s problems result from these changes or an underlying mental health disorder.
Children and adolescents often suffer from the same mental health conditions as adults. Some problems the Northeast Pediatric Associates PA team treats include:
The team also supports children with developmental and behavioral disorders like autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Children can be unhappy or feel other negative emotions without having a mental health condition. They might have a specific problem that needs to be dealt with or simply be feeling blue, just as everyone sometimes does.
Signs that your child has a mental health issue include sadness that persists for more than two weeks, avoidance of social interactions, and extreme changes in their personality, mood, or behavior. They might also be overly sensitive, irritable, or angry. Other signs include:
Your child might talk about self-harm and suicide, be harming themselves, or get involved in substance abuse. However, young people tend to be secretive about these thoughts and actions and hide them from their parents.
If you’re concerned about your child’s moods and/or behavior, try to talk with them about their feelings and what might be bothering them.
Medications can be suitable for children with conditions like ADHD, but many drugs — including most antidepressants — aren’t safe for the under-16s. Northeast Pediatric Associates PA focuses on using talk therapies to treat children’s mental health issues, including:
Psychotherapy can help by exploring the underlying issues affecting your child, like losing a friend, pet, or family member.
CBT helps young people manage conditions like anxiety and phobias (specific fears).
Behavioral therapy helps children with ADHD understand their feelings and change challenging behaviors.
If your instincts tell you that your child is struggling with a mental health problem, call Northeast Pediatric Associates PA today or book an appointment online.