Understanding Behavioral Health for Children
posted: Nov. 09, 2023.
Every child has a different personality and unique view of the world, which is normal and healthy. At the same time, behavioral concerns can surface for a variety of reasons as a child grows. The CDC estimates that approximately 8.9 percent of children ages 3-17 struggle with behavior problems. Take proactive steps to ensure that your child has every resource that he or she needs for a happy, productive, and balanced life. Have your child’s behavioral health evaluated by a pediatrician at the Smyrna, Clarkston, or Lithonia, GA office of Decatur Pediatric Group.
What Is Behavioral Health?
Behavioral health studies the emotions, attitude, mentality and behaviors of individuals in daily life and how it contributes to their overall wellness. The way someone behaves around others and when alone can have a significant effect on their quality of life. Monitoring and managing behavioral health is a crucial part of maintaining good overall health, which is why it’s a major topic for doctors to explore with their patients.
Behavioral Health and Children
It is particularly important to monitor the behavioral health of young children because this is the time in their lives when issues can likely be corrected. Many behavior problems for older teenagers and adults begin in childhood. Some of the most common concerns for pediatricians include:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – when a child is easily distracted, impulsive, and unable to concentrate.
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) – when a child is persistently defiant to relatives and teachers.
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Antisocial personality.
- Depression and anxiety.
- Aggression and other disruptive behaviors.
- Learning disorders (such as dyslexia).
Child Behavior Solutions
If you want to have your child interviewed and evaluated for possible behavioral issues, your first call should be to a pediatrician. The providers at Decatur Pediatric Group in Smyrna, Clarkston, and Lithonia, GA are well-versed in the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health problems in children. Solutions may include medication and behavior therapy (for both children and parents). Your pediatrician can also make referrals to specialists when needed.
Help for Your Child
Early diagnosis and treatment is key for successful resolution of possible child behavior disorders. Call (404) 296-7133 today to schedule an behavioral health consultation at Decatur Pediatric Group in Smyrna, Clarkston, or Lithonia, GA.