Mental Health Specialist

Westchester Park Pediatrics

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine located in Purchase, NY

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.

Mental Health Q & A

What are childhood mental health disorders?

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:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention-deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Autism spectrum disorder

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.

What are the common symptoms of mental health and developmental disorders?

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:

  • Difficulty playing
  • Learning problems
  • Inability to handle emotions
  • Persistent sadness lasting two or more weeks
  • Avoiding social interactions
  • Extreme irritability or outbursts
  • Hurting oneself or talking about doing it
  • Drastic and frequent mood fluctuations
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Frequent headaches or stomaches
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Changes in academic performance
  • Avoiding school or skipping school

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.

How are mental health disorders treated?

Common treatments for children with mental health or developmental concerns include:

Talk therapy

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.