Mental Health Specialist

Pediatric Associates of Plano

Pediatricians located on campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Plano Hospital, Plano, TX

Identifying mental health issues in children requires a unique approach. Theresa Shouse, MD, and the pediatrics team at Pediatric Associates of Plano offer comprehensive mental health services for kids of ages. At their office in Plano, Texas, on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, the compassionate pediatricians offer in-office mental health evaluations and treatments tailored to your child’s needs. If you have concerns about unusual behaviors in your child, schedule a consultation at Pediatric Associates of Plano today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.

Mental Health

What are the most common pediatric mental health issues?

Children can experience the same mental health issues as adults, but their symptoms often develop much differently. The board-certified pediatricians have extensive experience in evaluating symptoms that relate to mental health issues, including:

  • Autism
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Eating disorders

The medical team also offers comprehensive services for diagnosing and treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

When should I seek a mental health evaluation for my child?

Since many children aren’t able to accurately explain how they feel or what they’re going through, it can be difficult to recognize what may be happening with a child with mental health issues. Some of the warning signs that may indicate your child needs a mental health evaluation include:

  • Mood changes
  • Overwhelming fears
  • Out-of-control behaviors
  • Unexplained weight changes

Kids may also show physical symptoms of an underlying mental health issue, such as stomach aches, frequent nausea or vomiting, and headaches. 

You should also schedule comprehensive physical and mental health evaluations if your child is showing signs of self-harm, like cutting themselves or engaging in risky behaviors. Seek immediate medical help if your child threatens suicide or intentions to harm others. 

What happens during a mental health evaluation?

During a mental health evaluation, your Pediatric Associates of Plano provider discusses your child’s behaviors with you and reviews their medical history. Your pediatrician also uses age-appropriate language to speak with your child about their thoughts and emotions, as well as their behaviors. 

For children with serious mood disorders or who may pose a suicide risk, the Pediatric Associates of Plano team may refer you to a specialist for additional diagnostics and treatment. 

If your child is struggling due to ADHD, anxiety, or depression, your pediatrician may also refer you to a therapist and may provide recommendations for medications to lessen the severity of symptoms and keep the condition well-controlled. 

Your child’s treatment plan focuses on their overall health and wellness. The pediatric team offers continued support and resources to help you and your child cope with the impact mental health issues can have on your child and your family’s life. 

If you have concerns about changes in your child’s mood or mental health, don’t delay seeking an evaluation. Contact Pediatric Associates of Plano today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.