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Pediatric Mental Health

Mental Health & Family Practice located in Bowie, MD
Pediatric Mental Health

Pediatric Mental Health services offered in Bowie, MD


Mental health problems are just as likely to affect children as adults. However, some conditions are more common in young people, and they may experience different symptoms than adults. If you’re worried about your child, visit Johanese Sandy, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, and his team at Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services in Bowie, Maryland. They provide expert diagnosis and treatment to children of all ages. To find out how your child can benefit from pediatric mental health care, call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.

Pediatric Mental Health Q&A

What is pediatric mental health?

Pediatric mental health focuses on children’s psychological and emotional well-being. Parents often find it hard to hear that their child has a mental health problem, but these issues aren’t necessarily a reflection of your parenting skills.

The important thing is to pick up on any warning signs, so your child can benefit from pediatric mental health care to improve their condition.

What are the signs of pediatric mental health problems?

If your child is struggling with a mental health problem, you might notice signs such as:

  • Extreme irritability and frequent anger
  • Intense sadness persisting for two weeks or more
  • Avoidance of friends and social gatherings
  • Rapid or severe mood swings
  • Weight and appetite changes
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Worsening grades at school
  • Loss of interest in hobbies

Adolescents often develop behavioral and emotional issues during puberty, but that doesn’t always mean they have a mental health disorder.

What conditions require pediatric mental health care?

The Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services team treats a broad spectrum of pediatric mental health disorders, including:

  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia nervosa
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can cause problems for older children.

In addition to psychiatric disorders like these, pediatric mental health also covers behavioral and developmental problems, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorders, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

What treatments are used in pediatric mental health?

Treatments the Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services team uses in pediatric mental health include:

Medication

Medication might be necessary to manage your child’s symptoms. Stimulants, for instance, can be helpful for children with ADHD. Prescribing psychiatric medicines to children requires specific expertise in pediatric mental health to avoid any adverse effects, so it’s essential to get specialized care from a skilled team like Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services.

Talking therapies

Psychotherapy enables children to explore their feelings and thoughts, and deal with the issues causing or worsening their mental health problems. Various behavioral therapies can help children learn coping skills and ways to modify their behaviors to avoid stress and conflict.

Get expert pediatric mental health care for your child with Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services. Call the office or book an appointment online today.