Department of Psychiatry

Child & Adolescent

Life with children and teens can be very stressful.  School problems, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and learning disabilities can all interfere with your child’s cognitive and emotional growth.

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.  Psychiatric 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.

Learn more about ADHD here.


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.

Watch videos about depression in kids here.

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.

Announcing a New Program for Children with Mood and Anxiety Disorders:
Child and Adolescent At-risk Evaluation for Bipolar Disorders Program (CAARE-BD)
We are pleased to announce the formal launch of the Child and Adolescent At-risk Evaluation for Bipolar Disorders Program (CAARE-BD). This is the only program of its kind in Texas dedicated to the evaluation, treatment, and research of children and adolescents at-risk for bipolar disorder. Our research uses multimodal neuroimaging methods and epigenetic models of risk. We also treat and study children and adolescents with bipolar disorder.

Please visit out site at to learn more about our studies and our local and national group of collaborators and advisors. You can also sign up for our newsletter which will inform you about bipolar disorder and what it means to be at-risk.

We are currently recruiting for children and adolescents 8 and up who have a parent with severe mood swings or bipolar disorder. Interested families can email us at or call (210) 450-8362.

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Download a free booklet on bipolar in children here

Autism and Asperger’s Disorder If your child has been diagnosed with Autism or Asperger’s Disorder, our psychiatrists are specialist in using medication to treat some of the more serious problems that some of children and adolescents with these disorders have, such as severe hyperactivity, self injurious behavior, obsessive behavior or mood swings.

Learn more about Autism and Asperger’s here


Call our Intake Office at 210-450-6440 We will ask you some brief questions to get an idea of your (or your child’s) problem.  This will help us match your situation with the clinician who can best help you.  Generally, an initial appointment will last 1-2 hours. Your doctor and/or therapist will discuss treatment options with you.