Our professionals specialize in helping our child patients manage mental health issues that result in a significantly less enjoyable livelihood.
Though this is a broad category, children act out for a reason. Our specialists can help parents figure out whether their child’s behavioral problems are the result of an underlying condition. We can also work with parents, teachers, and schools to develop effective plans for dealing with common behavioral problems.
ADHD Evaluation for Children (Pediatric)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) typically begins in children between the ages of six and twelve. ADHD is a mental disorder marked by difficulty paying attention, excessive activity, and inappropriate and uncontrollable behavior. If left undiagnosed and untreated, ADHD can result in children performing poorly in school and social settings. If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, our specialists can offer a plan of treatment personalized for your child.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop in people of all ages as a result of exposure to a highly traumatic event. In the case of children, sexual assault, physical and verbal abuse, and violent traffic collisions can lead to the development of PTSD. Children with PTSD may exhibit distress from trauma-related events, disturbing thoughts and feelings, and unsettling dreams. Our specialists may recommend counseling, medication, or both to help your child if they show signs of PTSD.
Depression is a persistent state of low mood or apathy, which has a significant effect on a children’s behavior, thoughts, and well-being. While depression is a normal reaction to certain life events, professional help should be sought if your child endures a prolonged state of depression.
Many children are under an abundance of stress from a variety of sources in their life, including school, social pressures, and other stress-inducing factors. Counseling can help your child better manage how they physically and mentally handle stressful situations and conditions.
Learning Effective Parenting
Parenting is never easy, but when a child has a significant behavioral problem the usual tactics often don’t work at all. We see lots of parents who are frustrated with disobedience and disrespectful behavior; they have tried everything and nothing seems to make a difference any longer. We can help parents develop strategies that will help them make positive changes in their homes – reducing yelling and punishments and increasing cooperation and mutual respect.
Appointments for mental heath & behavioral services are available to all current patients and families.
Make your child’s next appointment with a St. Thomas clinic near you. Call us at 504-529-9144 or fill out and submit the contact form on this page. One of St. Thomas’ representatives will respond shortly.