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Medical Psychiatric Co-Morbidities

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Children’s Health℠ Dallas is the only facility in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that treats medically ill children and adolescents who also have psychiatric disorders.

Why Children's Health℠?

Children’s Health℠ of Dallas is the nation’s eighth-largest pediatric health care provider. For more than 100 years, Children’s Health℠ has been dedicated to making life better for children afflicted with complex physical and mental conditions that require optimal care.

Recognitions validate our treatment approach and reflect our dedication to excellent health care and service. U.S. News & World Report, in its 2018-2019 “Best Children’s Hospitals” survey, named us as one of the top U.S. pediatric hospitals.

We offer one of the most comprehensive specialty programs available for children and teens that need psychiatric and psychological services:
We provide a full continuum of care including outpatient services, intensive outpatient services, day treatment services, partial hospitalization, and inpatient hospitalization services.

  • The physicians who practice at Children’s Health are locally and nationally recognized as experts in treating medical conditions that combine with psychiatric problems.
  • More than 600 children a month receive outpatient services in our psychiatry, psychology and neuropsychology services.
  • Our Thrive program has served patients for more than 25 years, and is involved routinely with national studies regarding premature infants and their future development.
  • Our Thrive program provides formalized developmental testing as part of a patient’s treatment plan.

We work closely with you, your child and your family.

Medical/Psychiatric Condition Coverage

Advancements in medical techniques and technology now enable many children and adolescents with chronic illness to live long and healthy lives. However, a chronic illness—and the administered life-prolonging intervention—can substantially affect your child’s emotional, behavioral and cognitive function. As such, Children’s Health℠ developed a strong focus on combined medical and psychiatric challenges – co-morbidities—and committing our expertise and resources to improving your child’s life in comprehensive fashion.

When necessary, the mental health services for our young patients—those who first enter Children's Health℠ because of their medical needs—are offered through our medical psychiatry services. This means that your child may be seen at her hospital bedside or at a clinic visit by psychologists and psychiatrists. Indeed, these specialists work closely with your child's care team. Efforts help ensure that your family and, most importantly, your child will be able to better cope with ensuing challenges.

Because of the availability and expertise of medical subspecialists, medically ill children requiring mental health services may also receive care in the day treatment unit and the psychiatry inpatient services.

Medical/Psychiatric Condition Coverage - Example

Infants born prematurely not only face ensuing physical challenges; they face subsequent mental development challenges as they grow.

The Children’s Health Thrive program provides comprehensive medical and psychosocial treatment through intensive intervention, education, social services and developmental testing for premature infants from birth to age 3. The clinic works closely with Parkland Memorial Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit to identify infants whose demanding medical and social needs would be best addressed by a specialized clinic. The formalized development testing that the clinic provides becomes part of your child’s treatment plan.

The Thrive program, which has served patients for more than 25 years, is involved routinely with national studies regarding premature infants and their future development. The physician on the medical staff and three practitioners share more than 90 years of combined experience with low birth-weight infants.

 

Co-morbidity Related to Epilepsy

Children with epilepsy have significant challenges related to psychiatric and neurodevelopmental comorbidity. Epilepsy is a neurological condition that affects your child’s neurons (nerve cells), causing these brain information carriers to fire unexpectedly, which can lead to seizures.

Our comprehensive Epilepsy Center offers the largest regional pediatric epilepsy program. We embrace a multidisciplinary approach, with specialists collaborating on a full range of epilepsy care needs. The Epilepsy Center team includes a specialty surgeon, specialist doctors, a neuropsychologist, advanced practice providers, nurses, a dietitian, a neurology practice administrator, program manager, referral coordinator, and social worker. With their empathetic approach, these team members will support you, your child and all other family members – every step of the way.