Children’s Behavioral Health in Marietta, GA
A child’s mental and behavioral health is as important as their physical health. As part of their care, the providers at Cobb Pediatrics will monitor your child’s mood and development. However, issues can arise at school and home that require further evaluation and treatment. If your child is experiencing distress or consistent problems throughout their everyday life, please schedule them for an appointment with their provider.
The highly trained pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners have extensive experience in managing behavioral health conditions including anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Since every child is different, it is important that their management is individualized for them and your child’s provider will work with your family to determine the best course of treatment. If your child’s provider determines that they would benefit from more specialized care, we will assist in finding the right practitioner for your child.
There a many great resources that provide guidance when it comes to monitoring and taking care of your child’s mental health, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a great mental health resource to give parents direction on what signs to look for, common disorders that affect children and several other useful information.
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities has the Office of Children, Young Adults & Families (OCFY) to assist those families in Georgia who are looking for mental health services and help them locate the very best mental health centers. The goal of OCFY is to help uninsured children or who have SSI Medicaid find a mental health provider to diagnose and treat a range of mental health disorders.
Common Mental and Behavioral Disorders
Mental and behavioral disorders can manifest in various ways, and some of the most common types that occur in children include:
If your child is so fearful or worried that they are unable to perform daily functions at school or at home then they may have an anxiety disorder.
All kids experience sadness. However, if this sadness progresses into feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, it may be a sign of a more concerning condition such as depression.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental condition that can affect children in a variety of ways. Generally, kids with ADHD experience trouble when trying to focus on a task.
Conduct Disorder (CD)
If children are consistently breaking rules set forth by their parents or teachers, and are aggressive toward others, they may be diagnosed with conduct disorder.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This disorder typically presents itself in children ages 8-12 and is characterized by a short temper, refusal to follow the direction of others, and arguing with people in a disrespectful manner.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Kids with OCD may have obsessions, compulsions, or both. These cause the child to have an urge that may not be particularly rational, but makes them feel as though they must act on it anyway.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Generally, children are incredibly resilient, which allows them to recover quickly from a stressful event. Cases where such stressful events leave a lasting, negative impression on their child and their life are known as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Both children and adults with Tourette’s will make involuntary verbal or physical outbursts that are referred to as “tics”.
Schedule a Children’s Behavioral Health Appointment in Marietta, GA Today!
If your child is exhibiting signs of a mental or behavioral health disorder, schedule a consultation with your provider today. To schedule, please call 770-425-5331 to begin to craft a personalized plan and support for your child.