Child and Adolescent:
Although many parents want to avoid the stigma of a mental diagnosis, providing proper treatment leads to a better long-term outcome.
If a child does not receive necessary care, the illness may continue into adulthood, increasing the risk for issues such as substance abuse, antisocial behavior, or suicide. When given a correct diagnosis and treatment, outlook for a healthy life as an adult is more likely.
Children and adolescents are developing both mentally and physically making correct diagnosis more difficult. Feelings such as anxiety, anger, and shyness can be a part of developmental growth or a temporary condition rather than an illness. When troubling behaviors or intense feelings disrupts daily life, they are likely to be considered symptoms of a disorder.
With children, we obtain information from parents and other caregivers to assist us in our work. We work closely with families and medical doctors throughout the treatment process, much like our adult patients, but there is additional care taken with young patients because with cognitive and physical development changing circumstances are more likely to influence treatment. As result, your child may or may not be in a fully structured DBT program.
ATS PLLC- Children and Adolescent Program