Pediatric Mental Health Screenings: What To Expect

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) demonstrate an increase in mental health disorders among children and adolescents. Recognizing the early signs of anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other behavioral issues allows for timely and effective treatment. Located in Tucson, AZ, Mesquite Pediatrics offers pediatric mental health screening services. Our pediatricians, Dr. Jeff Couchman, Dr. Susan McMahon, and Dr. Nicole Abdy are uniquely qualified to identify mental health disorders in children and teens.

Indicators of Mental Well-Being in Children

Every child has a unique personality, and it may be difficult for parents to know if a child’s behavior is indicative of a mental health disorder. The CDC outlines some age-specific indicators for parents. It is important to remember that these indicators are based on surveys and may or may not be true indicators of your child’s mental and emotional well-being. If you believe that your child is facing unique challenges due to an underlying mental health disorder, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians.

  • Children between 3 to 5 years old tend to have a positive outlook, show affection, be resilient, and demonstrate curiosity
  • Children between 6 and 17 years old tend to be curious and resilient, as well as demonstrate self-control

Tools Used for Pediatric Mental Health Screenings

Dr. Couchman, Dr. McMahon, and Dr. Abdy use a combination of standardized tools to identify mental health issues in children. Some tools are generalized emotional health screenings and others help to diagnose specific conditions, such as ADHD, depression, and anxiety.

Positive Approach

Mental health disorders are often accompanied by a stigma that may delay or diminish treatment outcomes for your child. We use a positive approach that engages children and helps them feel curious about their feelings and thought processes. We also note your child’s body language, physical sensations, and behavior during the screening.

Referrals and Follow-Up for Treatment

When our mental health screening services indicate an underlying mental health disorder, we make the necessary referrals to counselors and other professionals. We also integrate this aspect of your child’s well-being into the pediatric treatment plan. We also coordinate with your child’s mental health professional to provide a team-based approach to care.

Learn More About Pediatric Mental Health Screenings

Pediatric mental health screening services help children feel confident and comfortable as they go through their developmental years. To learn more about this important service, call Mesquite Pediatrics in Tucson, AZ, today at (520) 648-5437 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Couchman, Dr. McMahon, or Dr. Abdy.

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