Emotions and Behavior

    Anxiety Disorders

      Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Children and Adolescents
      Children or teens with generalized anxiety disorder often worry a lot about future events, past behaviors, social acceptance, and school performance.

      Separation Anxiety Disorder
      All children and teens experience some anxiety—it's a normal part of growing up. When worries and fears abnormally focus on separation from home or family, the child may have separation anxiety disorder.

      Your Child’s Separation Anxiety and School
      The prospect of new experiences away from parents or other loved ones can be quite frightening, especially for younger children. These worries are a normal part of development for all children.


    Developmental Disorders

      Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children
      ADHD is a behavior disorder marked by inattention, impulsivity, and, in some cases, hyperactivity.

      Autism Spectrum Disorder
      Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a problem that affects a child’s nervous system and growth and development. It usually shows up during a child’s first 3 years of life.

      Communication Disorders
      Young children with communication disorders may not speak at all, or may have a limited vocabulary for their age. Some children with communication disorders have difficulty understanding simple directions or are unable to name objects.

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    Eating Disorders

      Anorexia Nervosa in Children
      Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is a form of self-starvation. A child or teen with anorexia has abnormally low body weight, a distorted body image, and an intense fear of gaining weight.

      Bulimia Nervosa in Adolescents
      Bulimia nervosa is defined as uncontrolled episodes of overeating (bingeing) usually followed by self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, enemas, or medications in an attempt to control weight.

      Understanding Eating Disorders
      At least 8 million people in the U.S. are living with an eating disorder. The overwhelming majority—about 90%—are female.


    Mental Health Evaluation


    Mood Disorders

      Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents
      Manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, is a type of affective disorder that goes beyond the day's ordinary ups and downs. It is becoming an important health concern in this country.

      Major Depression in Adolescents
      Depression is a mood disorder that involves a adolescent's body, mood, and thoughts. It can affect and disrupt eating, sleeping, or thinking patterns.

    Disciplining Your Child at Any Age
    Each child is different, but most children need to be given clear rules about behavior.


    Lying and Stealing
    Lying and stealing are common, but inappropriate, behaviors in school-aged children. Most of the time these behaviors will be outgrown.


    Relationship Development
    Adolescent attention often shifts to a more intense focus on social interactions and friendships expanding from same sex friends to same sex groups of friends to heterosexual groups of friends.


    Temper Tantrums
    These fits of rage—the stomping, screaming, and falling on the floor—are a normal part of childhood development. Temper tantrums often happen only with a parent. They are a way for the child to communicate his or her feelings.


    Time-Out
    Time-out is a type of discipline that is used to stop bad behavior in a child. It takes the child out of the situation and gives him or her time to calm down.