Child & adolescent psychiatry
When a child or teenager you care about is dealing with a mental health concern, you need a network of providers you can trust to deliver the care your child needs quickly and in a non-judgmental, child-friendly environment.
Novant Health Psychiatric Medicine cares for patients ages five and older. We regularly see children with pediatric mental health issues including:
- Oppositional defiant disorder.
- Attention deficit disorder.
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
- Suicidal tendencies.
Starting with a diagnosis
While observing your child's behavior or interactions with others can give you a sense that help is needed, determining what kind of help takes more than just observation. Our board-certified child psychiatrists and support staff will work to understand not only your child's current mental health but its history. We will review any records received from your child's primary care provider, as well as from any other providers or facilities in regular contact with your child.
We will also work to understand how a behavioral condition is impacting your child's physical and social development, and even your family's well-being. We will talk to both parents or guardians, as well as the patient. All of this will help us determine exactly what mental health condition could be affecting your child.
Getting an accurate diagnosis takes time. You should be prepared for your child's initial clinical assessment appointment to take approximately 2.5 hours. A parent or guardian must be present for the initial visit and should be prepared to provide medical, social and behavioral background information for the patient.
Variety of treatment options
Once we determine a diagnosis for your child's mental health concern, we will develop a treatment plan that works best for your child and your family. Treatment plans can including medication management, a referral for therapy or both.
We firmly believe that a complete treatment plan involves the entire family. A pediatric patient's parents or guardians and siblings will be included in a child's treatment whenever possible.
There for you every step of the way
Just as most pediatric mental health concerns do not arise overnight, they will also take time to get under control. Whether your child's treatment plan involves medication, counseling or both, you can expect follow-up visits with our providers when necessary to reevaluate treatment plans and to make changes as needed.