Half of all adulthood mental health disorders start by age 14, but most cases go undiagnosed and untreated. At Westchester Park Pediatrics in Purchase, New York, we believe it is critical to diagnose and treat mental health issues early. That’s why we offer comprehensive mental health services for children and adolescents.
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:
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
- Attention-deficit disorder (ADD)
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Eating disorders
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.
Common Symptoms of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders
All children have fears, worries, or disruptive behaviors from time to time. However, if symptoms are severe or begin to interfere with home and school activities, there is a chance the child may have a mental health or developmental issue.
Childhood mental health symptoms vary by 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 stomach aches
- 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.
Mental Health Treatment
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 effective coping skills and behaviors.
Medications, Services, and Interventions
Depending on the type of disorder, a combination of medication and/or services and interventions may be included in your child’s treatment for better results.
As a parent, you play an important role in supporting your child’s mental health treatment plan. Our team will help you learn about your child’s disorder and may recommend family counseling to help you work together to help your child.
Children and Adolescent Mental Health Care in Purchase, New York
If you have concerns about your child’s mental health, schedule a consultation or call Westchester Park Pediatrics at (914) 761-1717 to make an appointment.