Children & Adolescents

Is Your Child Struggling?
Children and teenagers are often moody—it’s part of the growing pains that many parents experience. However, sometimes those emotions can be caused be a larger issue that requires professional help.

Know the Symptoms
Mental health problems can be hard to identify. How do you know if your child is just going through the ups and downs of adolescence, or struggling with a more serious condition like depression or a learning disability? Here are some common red flags to watch for:

  • Extreme emotions, such as anger, fear, sadness, and anxiety
  • Sudden changes in behavior, like not eating or sleeping, or hurting or destroying things
  • Behavior that disrupts daily life at home, in the classroom, or within relationships

Learn more about mental health conditions that may be affecting your child, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, and anxiety.

Diagnosing Children and Adolescents
Mental illnesses are the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain—so it’s important that you don’t ignore the warning signs and just hope your child "grows out of it." While there’s often not a quick fix for behavioral health disorders, ThedaCare offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment services to get your child back to being a kid again.

If you suspect your child is suffering from depression, anxiety, or past trauma, or if your child is having difficulty adjusting to changes in his or her life such as divorce or school/peer challenges, talk with your family practice doctor or pediatrician. He or she will likely recommend that your child meet with a psychologist or neuropsychologist for further evaluation. Our PEDS (Pediatric Express Diagnostic Services) program is designed to evaluate for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children between the ages of 6 and 17. Diagnosis begins with assessment questionnaires that you, and your child’s teacher and other people close to your child, fill out.

To save time, you can print and complete the child/adolescent medical history form and the developmental factors form before your child’s appointment and bring them along to your visit.

Getting Treatment
Based on the results of the assessment, a treatment plan is created and shared with you and your child’s primary care doctor. Treatment could include medication or individual or group therapy. Therapy is specifically geared toward children and adolescents, and focuses on topics including cognitive behavioral therapy and mood, anxiety, and anger management. Counseling is also available to parents, to help you cope and better understand your child.

Based on the results of the assessment, a treatment plan is created and shared with you and your child’s primary care doctor. Treatment could include medication or individual or group therapy. Therapy is specifically geared toward children and adolescents, and focuses on topics including cognitive behavioral therapy and mood, anxiety, and anger management. Counseling is also available to parents, to help you cope and better understand your child.

Learn more about treatment options

Care Beyond the Doctor’s Office
For children with unique needs and learning disabilities, participating in social activities is often difficult. That’s why ThedaCare offers the Empower Me!! Summer Camp for children diagnosed with ADHD and high-functioning autism/Asperger’s syndrome.

Learn more about Empower Me!! Summer Camp