Posts for tag: Behavioral Health

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
August 10, 2020
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Behavioral Health  

Are you concerned about your youngster's behavior? Does she appear anxious, or does he exhibit anger for no apparent reason? At Royal Oak Pediatric Associates in Marion and Abingdon VA, our physicians prioritize behavioral health. Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Tara Etter, and Dr. Leesa Lawrence head a caring team that discusses mental and behavioral issues with parents so children get the help they need.

Is behavior health that important?

Frankly, if your child has an undiagnosed and unaddressed behavioral health problem, the issue may follow him or her into adulthood. These issues frequently impact social, professional, and familial functioning and relationships. So, talk to your child's behavioral health specialist in Marion VA about the concerns you have about your child.

Symptoms of a problem

There are many, and they vary from child to child. However, some danger signs include:

  • Mood swings
  • Tantrums
  • Poor concentration
  • Changes in school performance
  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • Social withdrawal

Your child's teacher, coach, neighbor, or parent of a friend may see the same problems you do or even observe issues you do not. Environmental problems such as stress in the home (divorce) and bullying at school or on the sports field may initiate or worsen symptoms. Also, your child's physical health, toxins, such as cigarette smoke, and genetics may play a significant role in behavioral health problems.

Getting help

As the parent, your first step is contacting Royal Oak Pediatric Associates to arrange a physical check-up. Sometimes behavior problems express systemic health issues. When you bring your child into the office, be sure to tell the behavioral health provider in Marion about your concerns and what if anything increases or decreases the severity of the symptoms.

After a complete physical exam, your child's doctor may refer you to a behavior health specialist for further evaluation. Royal Oak Pediatric Associates will remain your child's medical home, coordinating the care he or she needs outside our medical practice.

After a definitive diagnosis, your child may need medication, cognitive/behavior therapy, or a combination of all these modalities.

Common behavioral health problems

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that the most frequent behavioral health diagnosis among American children ages three to 17 is ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Other conditions include:

  • OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Learn more

At Royal Oak Pediatric Associates, Dr. Anita Henley, Dr. Tara Etter, and Dr. Leesa Lawrence want all their young patients happy, healthy, and well-functioning. That's why they want to help you with behavioral health problems as soon as they occur. For a compassionate consultation about your concerns, please contact our Marion or Abingdon VA office at (276) 783-8183.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associate
September 06, 2016
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Behavioral Health   adhd  

A child’s emotional and behavioral issues are just as important as their physical health.

Certainly kids will be kids; however, when their behavior is affecting school, activities or friendships then it’s time you turned to our behavioral healthMarion, VA pediatricians Dr. Anita Henley and Dr. George Jones for support. Find out more about the behavioral issues you shouldn’t ignore and what we can do.

Does your child…

  • Lose their temper often?
  • Argue with parents, peers or other adults?
  • Blame others for their behavior?
  • Lash out or become angry or vindictive?
  • Disrupt the teacher or classmates?
  • Steal?
  • Defy rules?
  • Lack concentration?

Then you certainly have some behavioral issues on your hands. Fortunately, disruptive behavior disorders are easy for our Marion children’s doctors to identify because of the classic signs of aggression, fighting, tantrums and attention seeking. This group of disorders includes,

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Conduct Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Of course, children may also be dealing with anxiety, phobias or depression and exhibit some of these same behaviors. When you come in for care we will be able to better assess your little one and determine the root cause of these behaviors.

It’s important to treat your child’s behavioral and emotional issues now so that they don’t affect their social environment or schooling. By nipping it in the bud now you can save your little one from more behavioral troubles in the future.

So, when should you seek treatment?

Most parents don’t want to jump to conclusions and immediately take their child in to see us but you also shouldn’t just struggle through these behavioral issues until you are frustrated and tired. Typically, if these issues are lasting for more than six months without any success then it’s time to seek treatment.

One treatment option that we can recommend includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which will help to reduce negative behaviors by teaching your child how to positively interact with family members, authority figures and peers. In some instances, medication may also be needed (as is sometimes the case in children with ADHD).

Royal Oaks Pediatric Associates is here to provide children in the Marion, VA area with the best health care possible. We offer a full range of services so that your child always has the treatments necessary to lead a healthy, happy life.

By Royal Oak Pediatric Associates
March 14, 2016
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Behavioral Health  

Maintaining good physical and behavioral health are essential for your child's growth. Because behavioral health issues can occur at behavioral healthany time during childhood, it's important to understand what resources are available to you. Your Marion, Va, pediatricians, Dr. Anita B. Henley, and George "Jeff" Jones, MD, are here to share important information about behavioral health.

What is behavioral health?

The term "behavioral health," also called mental or emotional health, is used to describe how your child reacts to and interacts with the world around him or her. It covers behavior, learning disabilities and psychological issues.

Why is it so important to maintain behavioral health?

Good behavioral health is just as important as physical health. Although children do grow out of some types of behaviors, other behavior only grow stronger if they don't receive treatment or therapy. Early intervention can help identify potential issues and identify treatments or strategies that will help your child cope with behavioral issues.

What are common childhood behavioral health issues?

Children can be affected by a range of behavioral health issues, including:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism and Asperger's syndrome
  • Tourette's syndrome
  • Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction
  • Behavior disorders, such as conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder
  • Anxiety and mood disorders

How can behavioral health issues impact my child's life?

Behavioral health issues can affect your child's ability to succeed in school and make friends. If not diagnosed and treated during childhood, these problems can have a profound impact on your child's life as an adult.

How can my child's Marion, VA, pediatrician help me maintain my child's behavioral health?

Your child's pediatrician is trained to diagnose many common childhood behavioral health issues and can address your concerns about your child's emotional growth and development. He or she can also provide referrals to psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, addiction specialists and other professionals who specialize in treating behavioral health issues in children and teenagers.

Are you concerned about a behavioral health issue? Call Marion, Va, pediatrician Anita B. Henley, DO, MD, or George "Jeff" Jones, MD, at (276) 783-8183 and schedule an appointment for your child today.