What are common psychiatric disorders experienced by youth?

Children and adolescents experience some of the same mental health conditions as adults, although they may demonstrate different symptoms and behaviors as a result of their condition. Some prevalent child and adolescent psychiatric conditions include:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders

The team at LifeStance Health provides compassionate and customized care to help your child develop the social skills, cognitive abilities, and behaviors that allow them to lead healthy, active, and fulfilling lives.

What are the signs that my child needs psychiatric care?

You know your child best, and will notice changes in their demeanor and behavior. Some of the signs of a mental health condition include:

Mood changes

If your usually happy-go-lucky child becomes quiet or sad, withdrawing from their normal friends and activities, it could be a sign of a mental health issue. They may also demonstrate dramatic mood swings that disrupt their relationships at home or school.

Behavioral changes

While younger children are often full of energy, consistently disruptive behavior at school or home is another sign of a mental health issue. Other behavioral warning signs include starting fights, recklessness, and self-destructive behavior. You may also notice a change in your child’s appetite or eating habits.

Cognitive changes

Cognitive changes that could indicate a mental health condition include trouble paying attention in class, inability to sit still, or changes in speech patterns.

Physical changes

Your child may experience sudden weight loss or gain because of a mental health condition. They may also complain of headaches or physical pain in their neck and back. It’s also common for children with anxiety or depression to suffer from frequent stomach aches.

How are psychiatric conditions in youth diagnosed and treated?

The team at LifeStance Health provides comprehensive assessments in an environment comfortable for your child. They may also perform classroom observations and partner with your child’s pediatrician to address any physical needs. Your provider may also work with your child’s teacher to develop a customized treatment plan or an individualized education program (IEP) to help them succeed at school.

Psychiatric treatment for children often combines medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications. They learn to recognize their emotions and adjust their behaviors for healthy and productive outcomes.

If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, call LifeStance Health or make an appointment online today.