Half of all adulthood mental health disorders start by age 14, but most cases will go undiagnosed and untreated. Westchester Park Pediatrics in Purchase, New York, offers comprehensive mental health services for children and adolescents. Call the practice or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.
Good mental health during childhood means the child reaches emotional and developmental milestones and learns how to cope when there are problems. Mental health disorders in children create changes in the way they normally learn, behave, or handle their emotions.
Common disorders in children that relate to their mental or developmental health include:
Other childhood disorders and issues that affect how children learn, handle emotions, or behave may include learning disabilities, language and speech disorders, or substance abuse.
All children have fears, worries, or disruptive behaviors from time to time. But if those symptoms are severe or begin to interfere with home and school activities, there is a chance your child may have a mental health or developmental issue.
Childhood mental health symptoms vary with age and change as children grow, but commonly include:
If you notice any of these symptoms or have concerns about your child’s mental health, schedule an appointment with our team at Westchester Park Pediatrics.
Common treatments for children with mental health or developmental concerns include:
Also called behavior therapy or psychotherapy, talk therapy involves talking with a mental health professional. Very young children may play games with the therapist while talking. During therapy sessions, children discuss their thoughts and feelings, learn how to respond to them, and develop new coping skills and behaviors.
Depending on the type of disorder, a combination of medication and/or services and interventions may be included in your child’s treatment. As a parent, you play an important role in supporting your child’s mental health treatment plan. Our team helps you learn about your child’s disorder, and may recommend family counseling to help you work together to help your child.
If you have concerns about your child’s mental health, schedule an appointment online or call Westchester Park Pediatrics to make an appointment.