The Importance of Behavioral Health and Children
As a parent, you know the importance of checkups with your child's pediatrician, what to do when your child has a cold or the flu, and how to care for scrapes and bruises. But a child's health is more than physical, and one aspect that sometimes goes unrecognized and untreated is behavioral health.
At Royal Pediatrics in Fayetteville, our providers have decades of collective experience in evaluating and addressing concerns and conditions such as autism, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. If your child is struggling with a behavioral health issue, let our providers at our Fayetteville office help your family come up with a treatment plan that's right for you.
What happens at a behavioral health visit?
Our specialists will begin by taking an initial evaluation and talking to you and your child about your concerns and any behaviors you have noticed. We may ask you to have your child's teachers or therapist, if they have one, to fill out paperwork as well. We will go over your child's medical history, developmental milestones, social skills and daily habits, asking you about exhibitions of such behaviors and characteristics as temperament, attentiveness, aggressiveness, sleep and interactions with peers.
What behavioral health issues do the providers at your Fayetteville office treat?
We work with patients who have autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, oppositional defiant disorder, depression and anxiety.
Why is it important to address my child's behavioral health?
Having your child evaluated at an early age, and beginning a treatment plan right away, is essential for setting your child up for healthiness, happiness and success. Left unaddressed, behavioral health issues can lead to poor grades in school, difficulty making and maintaining friendships, trouble holding a job, feelings of hopelessness or despondency, a sense of isolation, or lead to disordered eating, self-harm or compulsive behaviors.