Mental Health


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Mental Health

An estimated 1.9 million children aged 3-17 are diagnosed with depression, and 3 out of 4 of those children also have anxiety. At Virginia Pediatric Group, the pediatricians offer comprehensive mental health services for children and young adults at the offices in Great Falls, Herndon, Aldie, and Fairfax, Virginia. The providers focus on building your child’s confidence and offering treatments that support their good mental health. If behavioral changes in your child are concerning, schedule a mental health evaluation online or call the Virginia Pediatric Group office nearest you today.

Mental Health Q & A

Why is good mental health important for children?

Good mental health is vital for children, especially as they continue growing and reaching developmental milestones. When children are under too much stress or have difficulty managing their emotions, it can impact their quality of life at home, at school, and in other social situations.

The providers at Virginia Pediatric Group offer comprehensive mental health services to evaluate concerning symptoms in your child that are interfering with their development. They also focus on prevention strategies that encourage your child to thrive.

What are common mental health disorders in children?

Mental health disorders can cause serious changes in the way your child behaves, expresses emotion, and performs in school. Some of the common mental health conditions Virginia Pediatric Group diagnoses and treats include:

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

The physicians can also evaluate your child for learning and developmental issues like autism spectrum disorder, language disorders, and substance abuse.

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation if your child shows signs of a possible mental health issue, such as changes in their behavior, tendencies to isolate themselves, or noticeable difficulties in their ability to cope with specific situations or life in general.

What mental health services are available?

To accommodate the unique needs of pediatric patients, Virginia Pediatric Group offers in-office consultations to evaluate your child’s mental health.

During a consultation, the pediatric team evaluates your child’s symptoms and physical health and reviews their personal and family medical history. The providers speak with your child on an age-appropriate level about their emotions and life stressors.

Once they identify the underlying cause of your child’s symptoms and behavioral changes, the pediatricians work closely with you and your child on a treatment plan that might involve counseling, lifestyle changes, and medications that focus on improving your child’s mental health, overall wellness, and self-esteem.

The team at Virginia Pediatric Group can also provide tools to help your child succeed in school, at home, and socially, and also ensure you have the resources you need to help them live a happy, full life.

To schedule a mental health evaluation for your child, call the Virginia Pediatric Group office nearest you or book an appointment online today.