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Guide to Finding the Right Child Psychiatrist

Childhood and adolescence can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions and experiences, with normal ups and downs. However, sometimes you might notice changes in your child that seem out of the ordinary. They might exhibit persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety or anger. Perhaps they’re having trouble at school, or their behavior seems drastically different. These signs can indicate that they might benefit from professional help. Like a pediatrician for physical health, a child psychiatrist is important for a child’s mental health. Child and teen psychiatrists have the knowledge and tools to understand and help young minds in their complex world. They can identify, diagnose, and treat Mental Health Conditions, helping your child navigate their feelings and experiences in a healthier way. More importantly, they can empower your child with coping strategies, fostering resilience for their journey ahead. “When a child is experiencing a physical health condition, most caregivers don’t think twice about reaching out to their pediatrician. Yet emotional issues in children can be trickier to spot and, understandably, some parents may not know how or when to involve a mental health professional,” said Dr. Anisha Patel-Dunn. “Mental health should be treated no differently than physical health—they’re incredibly intertwined, and both play a critical role in children’...

By LifeStance Health

Published: May 20, 2024
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The Parent’s Guide to Psychiatric Medication for Teens

This content has been updated from the previous article on November 23, 2020. Watching your child struggle with a mental health issue is one of the most stressful things a parent can face. Chances are that this is not the teenage years you imagined for your child. An estimated 49.5 percent of adolescents has had a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. For young people who do have mental health disorders, early intervention and treatment can help lessen the impact on their lives. However, there is still plenty of hope. Mental health conditions are treatable, and your teen can live a healthy, happy life. Part of this journey involves choosing psychiatric medication for teens. The guide below can help you make the decision that is right for your family. If you need more personalized guidance, schedule an appointment with one of our compassionate mental health care providers. When Do Teens Need Mental Health Medication? Psychiatric medication is just one of the many treatment options available for people with mental health conditions, including teenagers. Medication is typically used in addition to other types of car...

By LifeStance Health

Published: March 25, 2024
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Guide to IEP Testing and Evaluation: What You Need to Know About Individualized Education Programs

IEP (Individualized Education Programs) Testing and Evaluation can be critical for children who need extra support in their education. This can be a daunting process for many families, so LifeStance is here to provide meaningful responses to commonly asked questions and concerns about IEP testing. This guide will take you through everything you need to know. Individualized Education Programs: What You Need to Know as a Parent Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are a core component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), aiming to provide tailored educational services to children with disabilities. According to the U.S. Department of Education, an IEP is a written statement for each child with a disability that is developed, reviewed, and revised in a meeting in accordance with specific federal regulations. The IEP outlines the student’s present academic achievement and functional performance levels, measurable annual goals, special education and related services, and more. It’s a collaborative process involving educators, parents, and other professionals to ensure that the child’s unique nee...

By LifeStance Health

Published: December 18, 2023
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The Importance of Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing

If you are looking for clarification of diagnoses (e.g. ADHD, Autism, learning disorders, depression, or anxiety), further support to aid in treatment with your therapy or psychiatry providers, determine eligibility for school accommodations, have concerns with memory, or obtain a general and better understanding of yourself, psychological testing may be the right fit for you. While psychological testing may sound intimidating, so many people have been helped and have found relief after receiving a testing evaluation. Perhaps you’ve wondered if this type of testing could help you put a finger on how your child learns, or why they struggle. What if it could help them have an easier time in school? What if it could help you as a parent, to help you understand why they react the way they do, and how you could better deal with it? What if you could have a comprehensive, definitive, and up-to-date diagnosis to better know yourself? They are Medical Tests Psychological testing is very similar to, and just as important, as medical tests, such as x-rays or blood tests. Just as your primary care doctor would use those tests to put toget...

By Amber Jelinek, PsyD

Published: December 4, 2023
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What Doctor Should You See for Psychiatric Medicine?

This content has been updated from previous article on October 8, 2020. When people have cancer, they see oncologists. When they are pregnant, they see OB/GYNs. And when people have trouble with their hearts, they go to cardiologists. You get the gist, when we have specialized health problems, we see specialized medical providers. So why is it that so many people continue to seek psychiatric care from providers who do not specialize in psychiatric care? People often turn to their family doctor or primary care physician (PCP) when experiencing mental health issues for several reasons. First, there’s a preexisting relationship of trust and familiarity with these healthcare providers. Patients may feel more comfortable discussing their mental health concerns with someone they already know. Second, there’s a perceived stigma surrounding mental health, and some individuals may be reluctant to seek specialized psychiatric care, fearing judgment or discrimination. Additionally, family doctors and PCPs can provide initial assessments and prescribe basic medications, offering a convenient first step in addressing mental health issues. Hospitals and Mental Health Care...

By LifeStance Health

Published: November 29, 2023
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How To Find a Best ADHD Psychiatrist: A Comprehensive Guide

Countless people all over the world are touched by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). While there is no definitive cure, undertaking an efficient treatment plan can help mitigate symptoms and enable individuals with ADHD to navigate their day-to-day lives, build healthier relationships, and lead more fulfilling lives. In this blog, we aim to support you in understanding how to find an experienced psychiatrist for ADHD and other relevant medical practitioners who are equipped to manage ADHD. What Exactly Is ADHD? ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by noticeable inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and/or hyperactivity. Symptoms typically surface during childhood and persist into adulthood for many individuals. As per the American Psychological Association, those battling ADHD may encounter challenges focusing, planning realistically, adapting to changing circumstances, and controlling impulsivity, and often have difficulty with social interactions....

By LifeStance Health

Published: August 16, 2023
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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: 4 Key TMS Benefits You Need to Know

In the constantly changing mental health landscape, medication-based treatments and talk therapy have long reigned supreme, but there are alternatives to these traditional treatments; and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) stands as an increasingly popular option. For those grappling with depression, anxiety, or OCD and seeking alternatives to traditional treatments, TMS might just be the solution they need to live a healthier, more empowered life. Since the 1990s, TMS for depression and anxiety has gained popularity, largely due to its non-invasive nature and beneficial side effects compared to traditional medication-based treatments. The treatment method has been shown to be twice as effective as medications or talk therapy at improving the symptoms of major depression. In this blog, we’ll cover how TMS works, some of the reasons why it’s viewed as a preferential treatment over medication, and the steps to follow if you’re considering TMS therapy for yourself, a loved one, or a family member. How Does TMS Therapy Work? TMS is a therapeutic procedure that is non-invasive and uses magnetic fields to stimulate certain nerve...

By LifeStance Health

Published: August 7, 2023
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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: 4 Key TMS Benefits You Need to Know