It can be hard for parents to know when to seek psychiatric help for their children. You may have observed changes in your child’s behavior or attitude that you can’t explain. Perhaps teachers, family members, or friends have expressed growing concern about your child’s or teen’s performance in school or ability to get along with others.
Small children and adolescents are often encountering new and complex physical and mental changes as they go through varying developmental stages. At times it can be hard for parents to discern if what their child is going through is completely normal or if the help of a medical professional is necessary. This makes the approach to treatment of their problems different than that for adults. Child psychiatrists and psychologists know these distinctions and how to tailor treatment programs to meet the unique needs of a child or teen.
Diagnosis and Treatment
At the Holiner Psychiatric Group, our specialists are experienced at diagnosing and treating children and adolescents with a wide range of problems including:
Attention disorders (such as ADD or ADHD)
If your child is having a hard time paying attention during school, acting impulsively, or seems hyperactive, then your child or adolescent may have ADD/ ADHD. Children show signs of this disorder as young as three years old, and it can inhibit their personal and private lives. An appointment with a medical professional may be required to properly diagnose this disorder.
Developmental disorders (including Autism spectrum disorders)
Autism symptoms in children range widely, from difficulty making eye contact with or responding to other people to participating in repetitive actions. Autism should be diagnosed by a professional, and though it is a life-long condition, medical treatment and therapy can produce many social benefits for a child.
Oppositional behavior, anxiety, and social problems
As your children grow older, they will begin to question authority in order to find their own identity outside of their family. Small actions of defiance are normal at this time, but if your child is exhibiting oppositional behavior like hitting, biting, screaming or excessive tantrums then these behaviors fall outside the scope of the typical challenges of adolescence and may point to deeper psychological issues.
Recovering from abuse or trauma
Unfortunately, in our world it is impossible to always keep your loved ones safe. Sometimes the best you can do is to help them get help after they’ve experienced a traumatic event. Acts of violence, sexual abuse, or trauma that have happened to children or adolescents can leave deep emotional scars that can persist for the rest of their lives. The only way to help them heal is to seek out a therapist who can help them through the pain and trauma in order to pursue a happier life. At the Holiner Group, we understand what they are going through, and most of all, we believe their stories.
Adolescent Eating Disorders
Social pressures are becoming worse for children, and the deep desire to be perfect pervades many boys and girls. Adolescents and children as young as grade school age can exhibit signs of anorexia, bulimia and body dissatisfaction. We can help your children realize that they are harming themselves and help them understand that they are perfect the way they are.
Adolescent substance abuse
Popular culture can make it seem that dabbling in alcohol or drugs is a right-of-passage into adulthood, but all too often, experimentation crosses the line into addiction for teenagers. Whatever your teenager may be involved in, we can help them deal with addiction and the emotions that pursue.