Children's Department of Psychiatry takes an evidence-based approach to mental health care: Our therapies have been proven effective through diligent scientific and clinical research. We believe that the foundation of any psychiatric treatment plan is psychosocial treatment—the use of “talk therapy,” whether one-on-one between the child and clinician; in a group setting with other young patients; or in family therapy. “Psychosocial” refers to the process of a child's personal psychological development while learning to interact with other people and the world at large.
If your child isn’t making adequate progress overcoming symptoms with psychosocial therapy—or if your child is diagnosed with a mental illness, such as schizophrenia, that requires treatment other than talk therapy, medication may be an important component of treatment. Our clinicians are well versed in the many psychiatric drugs used to treat:
- anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobias
- bipolar disorder
- developmental disorders, such as autism
- impulse control and attentional disorders, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Tourette's disorder
- disorders that cause hallucinations and psychosis, such as schizophrenia
Working closely with you and your family as key members of the treatment team, we can identify the medications most likely to make the greatest difference for your child.