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Children’s Mental Health in Towson and Foundry Row, MD

Depression, anxiety and ADHD are common in children and adolescents. Substance use is becoming increasingly prevalent among adolescents.

ADHD


When your child begins school, we will monitor your child’s progress. If you, or your child’s teachers has concerns about how your child is progressing, please let us know. One common cause of school challenges is ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder). This may manifest as trouble focusing or paying attention, being excessively fidgety, having behavior outbursts or seeming to have non-stop energy.

We use several tools to screen for ADHD, most commonly one called the Vanderbilt Scale. We are able interpret Vanderbilt checklist results, and if suggestive of ADHD, we can work with families to develop a treatment plan for ADHD, including medication, requesting school accommodations and referring for targeted behavior therapy.

Depression
We start to screen for depression at all well visits starting at age 12. These are completed confidentially as many depressed children and teens may be afraid to disclose their feelings. We use a screening questionnaire called PHQ-9 at the beginning of the well visit and allow time at the end to discuss the results with your child as well as with the parents.

If the questionnaire is suggestive of depression, we can work with families to develop a treatment plan, which may include a discussion of lifestyle modification, medication or referral to a therapist or psychiatrist.

Anxiety

It is estimated that 1 out of 5 children will experience significant anxiety during childhood. We use a number of screening tools to screen for anxiety, the most important of which is simply getting to know our families well and providing comprehensive and wholistic medical care. If your child has anxiety (or is simply an anxious type), we are able to work with families to develop a treatment plan, which may include a discussion of lifestyle modification, medication or referral to a therapist or psychiatrist.

Drug and alcohol use
We start to screen for drug and alcohol use at all well visits starting at age 12. We use a screening tool called CRAFFT (which stands for Car, Relax, Alone, Forget, Friends, Trouble). Find out more about this questionnaire.

Like our Depression screen, this questionnaire is filled out confidentially. This is important because we see honest communication with your child is the most effective way for us to advise him or her about risky behaviors.