If a child is having severe behavioral problems at home with their family, in school or with peers; a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric practitioner is able to evaluate the various factors contributing to the problem(s) and to provide an appropriate plan of action to help resolve the problem(s). Psychiatric conditions are often called disorders. At AZITTS, out practitioners are trained and experienced to evaluate and treat Disruptive Behavior Disorders, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and more severe Conduct Disorders in children. Anxiety Disorders like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Panic Disorder, as well as Mood Disorders like Major Depression and even Bipolar Disorder are all found in children and are best addressed at an early stage.
Here is a partial list of common problems and conditions that our licensed practitioners can help.
Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Typically begin in early childhood. They include: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), communication disorders, intellectual developmental disorder, motor disorders, and specific learning disorders.
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders: Disorders in this category involve psychosis, which is an episodic break from reality. Hallucinations (sensing things that aren’t there) or delusions (believing things that aren’t true or real) are the hallmarks of psychotic disorders (Schizophrenia and Psychosis: Hallucinations and Delusions).
Bipolar and Related Disorders: These mood disorders involve extremes in affect (outward manifestation of emotions). The swings range from depression to mania, and they vary in severity according to the specific disorder (take the Mood Disorder Questionnaire – MDQ).
Depressive Disorders: Another type of mood disorder, depressive disorders are characterized, among other symptoms, by prolonged depressed mood and loss of interest in activities.
Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety disorders share in common intense worry and fear that affect thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and physiology (digestive troubles, etc.)
Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders: Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders involve extreme recurrent thoughts or preoccupations connected to behaviors, mental or behavioral, done to alleviate the obsessions.
Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders: Trauma- and stressor-related disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, are mental disorders resulting from outside forces. While they result from various types of injury, they significantly impact and/or alter the brain itself, thus qualifying as mental disorders.
Dissociative Disorders: With dissociative disorders, there’s a disruption in the functioning of consciousness, memory, identity, or perception. Amnesia, senses of being unreal (depersonalization), or of the world being unreal (derealization) are some of the symptoms of these disorders.
Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders: Disorders in this category relate to physical symptoms that resemble a medical condition despite the fact that there is no medical evidence that the condition is present. This doesn’t include physical symptoms associated with anxiety disorders.
Feeding and Eating Disorders: Extreme disturbances in eating behavior and nutrition are the hallmarks of eating disorders.
Gender Dysphoria: Gender dysphoria is a significant difference in the gender someone was born into and his/her experienced gender.
Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders: Children with conduct disorders present with irritable, angry, and/or disruptive behavior. Disobedience and other clashes with authority figures are common, and law-breaking behavior can also be present in this category.
Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders: This category includes the use or abuse/addiction/dependency of drugs.
Personality Disorders: These disorders involve deeply ingrained behavior patterns and inflexible responses to various personal and social situations.
Other Mental Disorders: This broad category is reserved for mental disorders that share symptoms with another mental disorder(s), are problematic, but don’t meet the full diagnostic criteria of the disorder.
What is Telepsychiatry?
Telepsychiatry is the use of telecommunications technology to provide real-time health care to patients at a distance using video-conferencing using mobile phones, tablets, and desktop computers.
Telepsychiatry can be provided to a patient at home or work. With mobile devices, you the patient can be anywhere with access to the Doctor.
Is Telepsychiatry secure?
At AZITTS, we use HIPAA-compliant and secure software.
Can I do an initial evaluation with Telepsychiatry?
No, the initial evaluation must be done at the clinic. It will be at that visit where the practitioner and the patient will discuss if telepsychiatry is appropriate. You must visit the clinic at a minimum of 1x per year, to continue to qualify for telepsychiatry services.