Social, emotional, and behavioral problems often interfere with a child’s or adolescent’s adjustment at home and in school. In adults, such problems can disrupt work performance and marital relationships. Psychiatric and psychological evaluations help to explain the reasons for these problems and determine the best course of treatment.
Evaluations usually consist of separate interviews with parents and children/adolescents and may include testing of cognitive or emotional functioning and conferencing with teachers. Test results, diagnostic conclusions, and treatment recommendations are reviewed in detail with the family.
Treatment possibilities include brief and long-term psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults and families. Parent training, social skills training and group therapy are also available.
Psychiatric services can include treatment with medication and consultations with primary care physicians concerning medications and diagnostic issues related to their patients’ care.
Frequent referral issues:
- hyperactivity, inattentiveness (ADD/ADHD)
- strong-willed, challenging behavior
- school readiness, failure to learn
- excessive anxiety, panic attacks
- bedwetting, soiling
- poor peer relationships
- effects of marital conflict or divorce
- obsessive/compulsive behaviors
- gifted child concerns