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What Is Considered Behavioral Health?

Is your child acting up? It could be the normal trials and tribulations of childhood, or could it be something else? 

Children feel all the same emotions that we do as adults, so it’s natural for them to feel angry or to have an outburst every once in a while as they navigate ways to manage and control these intense emotions; however, you may be wondering whether your child is dealing with a behavioral problem that requires an evaluation. This is where our Fayetteville, TN, pediatrician Dr. Clifford Seyler can help.

Is your child’s behavior normal? Here are some ways to evaluate this to determine whether it warrants setting up a behavioral health evaluation with our Royal Pediatrics team in Fayetteville, TN.

  • How long have these problematic behaviors been going on? If it’s only been a few weeks or every few months then it’s probably not something to worry about; however, if these behaviors have persisted for months and you’re worried that this is not just a “phase” then a behavioral assessment may be in order.
  • How intense are their behaviors? Again, all children are going to throw temper tantrums at some point; however, what you want to consider is how extreme these outbursts are, as well as how often they happen. If your child is showing signs of hopelessness, sadness, or a loss of interest in things they love, as well as self-harm or other harmful behaviors then you should see a pediatrician right away.
  • How old is your child? Some behaviors just seem to make sense for certain children’s ages; however, if your six-year-old is displaying behaviors that seem more normal for a two-year-old or your child is showing behaviors in general that don’t seem to fit their age then there may be something more going on.

Behavioral Health Assessment

Our pediatrician Dr. Seyler offers more than 40 years of experience working with children who have a variety of behavioral health problems. From diagnosing to creating individualized treatment plans, Dr. Seyler and his team can provide everything you and your child need under one roof.

We can also provide you with referrals to mental health professionals and other doctors that may be beneficial for your child. A behavioral health assessment is designed to identify any mental health disorders while also providing support and guidance to both children and their families to help them navigate any new diagnosis.

Royal Pediatrics has offices in Fayetteville, Tullahoma and Manchester, TN, to serve you and your families better. If you are looking for a pediatrician that provides behavioral health services here in Fayetteville, TN, then call one of our offices today at (931) 297-4400, (931) 455-2674 or (931) 954-5248.

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