Is it just a phase?
Maybe. But you're an expert on your child: If his or her behavior has you worried, the earlier a problem is identified, the more effectively it can be addressed. Waiting
until things are out of control is like waiting for your child to run into the street before telling him or her to come back into the yard.
Evaluation can bring peace of mind.
An evaluation by a trained psychiatrist can help both you and your child understand what you're dealing with,
such as normal growth and development or a disorder. Some parents even make psychiatric evaluations part of their child's annual medial examination. After all, the mind and emotions are as much a part of well being as arms, noses, and hearts.
Shine a light on it: knowledge is the key.
If you're worried enough to read this, now may be the right time to call for an evaluation of your child's mental and emotional well being.
During your first call Dr. Rao will perform a brief screening over the telephone to determine whether your child's needs can be met in her office or whether you should be referred to to another facility. Then, at your evaluation appointment, she'll meet and interview one or both parents and the child. This interview will be followed by a discussion with the parent(s) about treatment options, if needed.
|Did you know....|
- As many as
1 in 10 children aged 10 - 17 will experience at least one episode of depression.
- 15% of children with untreated depression are at risk of suicide.
- Anxiety disorder usually starts in childhood or early adolescence.
- More than half a million depressed children attempt suicide each year.
- More than 15,000 Texas children and adolescents have been diagnosed with severe mental illness.