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Child Psychiatry

Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC

Psychiatrists & Mental Health Providers located in Warner Robins, GA

The needs of children and teens vary from those of adults when it comes to mental health problems, so it’s important for your child to see a child psychiatrist who’s received training in evaluating and helping young people. William Scott, MD, and the team provide expert child psychiatry services at Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC in Warner Robins, Georgia. Call the office today for advice and to schedule a consultation for your child or book an appointment online.

Child Psychiatry Q & A

What is child psychiatry?

Child psychiatry is a specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents who have mental health and behavioral disorders.

Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC has a dedicated child and adolescent psychiatrist who specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of thinking, feeling, and behavior affecting children, adolescents, and their families.

They offer families the advantages of a medical education, the medical traditions of professional ethics, and medical responsibility for providing comprehensive care.

What conditions can child psychiatry treat?

Your child psychiatrist at Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC can help with a wide range of mental health disorders. Some of the most common conditions affecting children and adolescents include:

Child psychiatry can also be invaluable in helping your child cope with major life events like bereavement or family breakdown.

When should my child see a psychiatrist?

It’s not always easy to know if your child should see a psychiatrist. When they’re younger, your child might be unable to express their feelings. As they become adolescents, children are often reluctant to talk to their parents.

Therefore, it’s important to look for signs that your child is struggling with mental health problems. One of the main signs is a change in behavior, such as if your normally friendly, outgoing child becomes withdrawn and sad.

Other signs that your child might have mental health problems include:

  • Struggling at school
  • Problems making friends
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Overeating
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches or tummy aches
  • Problems concentrating
  • Self-harm

All children have periods of feeling depressed, anxious, or angry, and they often don’t have the skills to process these emotions. However, if your child’s symptoms don’t resolve within a few weeks, it’s possible that there’s an underlying mental health problem.

How are children’s psychiatric disorders diagnosed?

Initially, Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC’s expert child and adolescent psychiatrist carries out a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to assess the current problem. They look at all aspects of your child’s health and influences on their well-being, including the:

  • Physical
  • Genetic
  • Developmental
  • Emotional
  • Cognitive
  • Educational
  • Family
  • Peer
  • Social

Your child psychiatrist arrives at a diagnosis that they share with you and your child. They then design a treatment plan that considers all the components and discusses these recommendations with you and your family.

If you have any concerns about your child’s psychological or developmental well-being, child psychiatry can help them work through their problems. Left untreated, mental health and behavioral conditions can severely impact your child’s health and affect their future.

Protect your child from the effects of untreated mental health issues by calling Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC today, or book an appointment online.