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A child’s mental health can positively or negatively affect her overall health. Poor mental health can lead to eating disorders, substance abuse or suicide. Depending on the nature of the problem, you and your child—and your family—will benefit from the medical aid of a psychiatrist, psychologist or neuropsychologist.

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.

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 who need psychiatric, psychological and neuropsychological outpatient 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. Our specialty clinics include a depression clinic and an early childhood mental health clinic.

We work closely with you, your child and family to help your child in one setting.

Outpatient Psychiatry, Psychological & Neuropsychology

It could be that your child only needs outpatient treatment. Children’s Medical Center of Dallas offers outpatient psychiatry, psychology and neuropsychology services. These outpatient services include:
 

  • Psychiatric, psychological and neuropsychological evaluation
  • Assessment and treatment of your child’s social, cognitive, mood or behavioral difficulties
  • Individual, family and group therapy
  • Medication management


Our specially trained pediatric psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, psychologists are supported by clinical therapists, nurses and other professionals committed to serving children, adolescents and their families. 

Disciplines Defined

Psychiatry, psychology and neuropsychology are medical specialties.
 

  • Psychiatry is the specialty focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental disorders. A psychiatrist evaluates patients to determine whether symptoms result from physical or mental illness, or a combination of both. Psychiatrists attend medical school and psychiatry residency training. Our child psychiatrists receive additional training in caring for children and adolescents.
  • Psychology is the specialty that focuses on the study, treatment and prevention of problems with human behavior. Child psychologists specialize in problems that affect children and adolescents. They take into consideration how your child’s environment and emotions interact. Psychologists provide individual and group therapy for children and their families. Our psychologists have master’s degrees and specialize in child psychology.
  • Neuropsychology focuses on the study and treatment of brain function problems caused by brain disorders or injuries. Some disorders and diseases affect a child’s cognitive function (their ability to reason, remember and process language).


Consider the value of our pediatric mental health services: If your child demonstrates signs of a physical illness, you wouldn’t hesitate to make a doctor’s appointment. You should take the similar step to ensure that your child has the highest level of mental health care. Here are ways your child can benefit:
 

  • Development of independence and other skills for coping with having a chronic illness
  • Evaluation and treatment following a traumatic brain injury
  • Treatment of bipolar disorder, depression or another mood disorder
  • Prevention of suicide and suicide risk factors

Pediatric Mental Health Services

Factors that can cause poor mental health include clinical depression, abnormal anxiety levels, stress, loss, and chronic illness. If you fear that your child suffers from an eating disorder or a mood disorder, don’t dismiss the problem as typical adolescent moodiness or as something related to developmental stages.

This can be difficult. As a parent, you’re closest to the child, so it might be hard to know if certain behaviors are normal for an age group or situation. Pediatric mental health experts advise you to recognize the following as red flags:

  • Sudden, major changes in behavior
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Weight loss
  • Depression
  • Nightmares and trouble sleeping
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Talk of suicide

 

If you notice any of these in your child, immediately consult with a mental healthcare professional or take your child to your hospital’s emergency department. Mental health experts such as specially trained pediatric psychiatrists, psychologists and neuropsychologists will help you and your child.