Inpatient Psychiatry


Children's Health℠ specializes in treating children and adolescents with combined medical and psychiatric problems. Inpatient pediatric psychiatry programs include General Psychiatry and Inpatient Eating Disorders.

Why Children’s Health℠?

Children’s Health Dallas is the nation’s seventh-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.

We offer one of the most comprehensive specialty programs available for children and teens that need psychiatric and psychological services. Our psychiatrists, psychologists and neuropsychologists are supported by a team of therapists, nurses and other professionals committed to helping children and adolescents in our hospitals and outpatient clinics.

Further, our in-house child psychiatrists and psychologists can continue treating patients as they improve, by supporting children and their families at every level of inpatient and outpatient care.

The physicians who practice at Children’s Health maintain faculty status at the University of Texas Southwestern and are aware of cutting-edge research and therapy for eating disorders. The focus is on research that tries to identify the genetic causes of eating disorders so that doctors can better target treatments to each individual patient.

Meanwhile, we work closely with you, your child and family.

General Psychiatry Program

Our General Psychiatry Program, located on the Dallas campus, treats patients with a variety of diagnoses including:

  • Depression – A serious medical condition, clinical depression is classified as a type of mood disorder that goes beyond the day’s ordinary ups and downs.
  • Suicidally – Suicide is the third leading cause of death for children, adolescents and young adults. Young people suffering depression or other mental disorders, or who use alcohol and drugs, are especially prone to have suicidal thoughts.
  • Medical psychiatric diagnoses – Children with medical needs may be seen at bedside or at a clinic visit by psychologists and psychiatrists who work closely with the child's care team. Medically ill children who require mental health services may also receive care in the day treatment unit and the psychiatry inpatient services.

Mood disorders, including major depression, can often be effectively treated. We base treatment on a comprehensive evaluation of the child and family. Treatment may include antidepressant medications, psychotherapy and family therapy. You’ll play a vital supportive role in your child’s treatment.

Inpatient Eating Disorders Program

Located on the Plano campus, this program specializes in treating children struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and other eating disorders. Children’s Health℠ comprehensive program treats children and teens as young as age 12 with individualized care. Our goal is to help your child manage her eating disorder and to prevent the disorder from causing more severe physical or psychological problems.

As many as 24 million people in the United States have an eating disorder. Eating disorders are characterized by unhealthy approaches to eating, weight and exercise. But they are more than a refusal to eat healthy; eating disorders are complex psychiatric disorders. If your child has an eating disorder, he also might have problems with self-image, self-esteem and even depression.

Our nationally recognized eating disorder specialists focus on caring for children and teens suffering from eating disorders. Hospitalization may be required if your child’s eating disorder has caused medical problems that must be addressed immediately.

Parents should never blame themselves for their child’s eating disorder or point fingers at others. Parents and family are critical to a child’s support. 


Children’s Health pediatric psychiatry inpatient services treat children and adolescents who require 24/7 care. Our treatment teams include psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed counselors, social workers, nurses and milieu therapists. Team members collaborate to provide comprehensive care individually tailored to your child's needs. Services include individual, group and family therapy. The active milieu programs teach young people to understand and manage their emotions and behaviors.

During his stay, your child will be enrolled in school with the goal of meeting their educational needs. Patients with eating disorders also receive additional nutritional counseling. Other services—recreational, art, and music therapy, and spirituality groups—are also offered.