Kids and Teens

Young people are in constant development. Understanding problematic emotional and behavioral conditions in the pediatric population requires a broad knowledge of biological, psychological, social, and cognitive development. These areas interrelate with family and school factors. Treatment requires similar complexity for safe and successful outcomes. This is why working with kids and teens is the foundation of my practice. Their considerable futures await. I believe in treating with a multimodal approach and tailoring to individual circumstances. I also believe the best treatment is the one with specific goals, a plan, and a timeline.

I consider myself a "general" pediatric psychiatrist, meaning I comfortably treat the following conditions in children and adolescents:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Mood Disorders: Depression, Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders: Panic, Generalized, Social, Specific, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Performance problems, and others
  • Disruptive Behavioral Disorders: Oppositional-Defiant Disorder
  • Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa
  • High functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (formerly called Aspergers)
  • Adjustment problems: Divorces, Relationships, Grief, Medical Illness, difficulty in normal adolescence, etc.

 

My preferred treatment conditions (i.e., "areas of particular expertise") include:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Anxiety Disorders (especially OCD, Generalized Anxiety, and Phobias)
  • Adjustment problems
  • Challenges in the intellectually gifted population