Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Children's Services

Life with children and teens can be very stressful.  School problems, ADHD, anxiety, depression, drug abuse, learning disabilities can all interfere with your child’s cognitive and emotional growth.  “UT KIDS” is a program of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

 

WHAT CAN WE HELP YOU WITH?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD may cause your child to be inattentive, impulsive and perform below his/her intellectual level in school.  If untreated, ADHD can result in academic failure, disrupt family relationships,  and may increase the likelihood of depression and conduct problems. Comprehensive psychiatric and psychological assessment and treatment are the keys to helping these children and teens become healthy and successful adults. We employ a combination of medication and behavioral interventions and specialize in explaining to you how they affect your child. 

 

Anxiety/Depression

If your child or teen is sad or irritable  much of the time, this could be more than just the normal “blues”.  Our clinicians employ a combined treatment package of medication and psychotherapy approaches tailored specifically to assist your child or teen and his/her family with managing emotions, thoughts and behaviors.

 

Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Disorder)

Does your child or teen go into unexplained rages or anger outbursts?  Does he/she have excessive energy or use very poor judgment all the time?  Does he/she have ADHD that has not responded to the usual medication?  He/she might have Bipolar Disorder and our doctors are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating this disorder.

 

The Department of Psychiatry is a National Institute of Mental Health Center for the study of Bipolar Disorder.  New treatments for mania and depression are available through the Center and the Department’s Mood Division.

 

Learning Problems and Developmental Delay

According to the National Institutes of Health, one in seven Americans have some type of learning problem and parents are often the first to recognize that their child learns differently from others. While  children and teens with learning problems are often as smart as their peers, they can have unexpected difficulty with basic academic tasks such as reading, writing and math and difficulties with memory and understanding visually presented  information. They may also have trouble with processing visual and auditory information despite normal visual and auditory acuity. Problems with attention and depression are often also present.

Comprehensive psychological assessment and treatment are the keys to helping children and teens become healthy and successful adults.    Please note that these services are often not covered by health insurance.

 

Comprehensive Psychological Assessment

 

Assessment services can provide:

  • Initial diagnostic information
  • Aid in differential diagnosis
  • Evaluate treatment progress/success
  • Assist with qualification for services

Types of assessment services available:

  • Neuropsychological assessment is a comprehensive procedure that examines mental processing and evaluates the impact on behavior.
  • Psychoeducational assessment evaluates the student’s capabilities, learning styles and educational achievement.
  • Developmental assessment evaluates the infant or toddler’s developmental strengths and needs and assists with qualification for early intervention services.
  • Psychological assessment assists in understanding emotional and behavioral problems.

For new patient information, please call 210.567.5555.

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