Children can show signs of psychiatric issues at a very early age. Even before they reach school age, you might notice that your child has some difficulty socializing, sitting still or engaging in playful activities with other children. Once they begin school, teachers are always a great resource to indicate the beginning of some troubles—such as noticing when your child has difficulties related to school work, behavior in the classroom, or outside the structured classroom setting. Your child may find it difficult staying focused, lack motivation or interest, or have an emotional and behavioral lack of control. All of these things could be signs of different psychiatric disorders or mental health problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or mood disorders, or indicate that your child is on the autism spectrum. If these problems are not addressed, they tend to get worse and become more challenging to children, families and teachers.
If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your child and are looking for help, let us help you. PPS staff would love to meet with you and brainstorm the best treatment options for your child. PPS offers general outpatient services for children aged 6 and up and can help treat many of the common mental health disorders that kids experience.
To schedule an initial appointment for your child, please call 513-229-7585, OPTION 2 to speak with one of our intake coordinators. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do psychiatric problems come from? My child seems too young to be dealing with mental health problems.
- Most psychiatric problems have at least some genetic predisposition, which means that any family history of mental illness in first or second degree relatives can increase the risk of a child developing mental health problems at an early age. Environmental factors can also play a part in some disorders and result in symptoms appearing earlier or more intensely than they would otherwise. Additionally, some problems arise as a result of big or sudden changes in a child’s life, like a parent’s divorce or the death of a close family member. In these cases, while the stress and adjustments surrounding the change might go away eventually, the mental health problems that arise in the moment may still be severe enough to require treatment, even if it’s temporary.
Can these problems go away on their own?
- It’s unlikely that mental health problems will resolve on their own without some help from a therapist or psychiatrist. If you feel that your child might need help with their mental health, it’s best to seek care as soon as you can so the problems don’t worsen.
Do we have to use medication to help with these problems or is counseling/therapy is enough?
- Counseling is an essential part of dealing with emotional, behavioral, and thought problems, as therapy can help your child learn the right coping skills to be able to minimize the intensity of their mental health problems and stressors and lead a better life. However, sometimes therapy alone is not enough, especially if there are genetic factors involved. In these cases, medication might be beneficial to your child to help regulate their emotions and correct any imbalances in their brain chemistry that might be worsening problems. There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to mental health, so whether or not your child needs medication will depend on their specific situation. However, PPS psychiatrists can help you and your family make the best decision about medication and other treatment options during therapy.
What would medication do for my child?
- When a mental health problem is caused or influenced by genetic factors, there can sometimes be an imbalance in a patient’s brain chemistry. They may not have the correct amounts of serotonin, dopamine, or other neurotransmitters in their brain, which worsens the way they are feeling. Medication can help correct these imbalances, which makes it much easier to handle the emotional and behavioral changes that are a result of the mental illness. While counseling is an essential part of the healing process when it comes to mental health, medication can often make it easier to apply the coping skills a patient in learning in counseling, which can all around improve treatment.