What Is Adolescent Psychiatry?
Adolescent psychiatry is the field of medicine that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing emotional, behavioral, cognitive, social, and mental health disorders in patients ages 13 – 17. At Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery, board-certified nurse practitioner Laurie Smith has advanced training and expertise in treating the unique needs of adolescents. She is exceptionally skilled at helping teens affected by depression, anxiety and panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, grief, anger, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), among other concerns. Please contact our Arlington, TX office to learn more about our adolescent psychiatry services if you believe your teen may be in need of care.
Adolescent Psychiatry Reviews
""My daughter was completely comfortable with Laurie Smith. We both left her first appointment feeling confident and looking forward to a brighter future. She is great with kids/teenagers and you can tell she really cares! Thank you Laurie!!!""- Anonymous / Office Visit / Oct 29, 2020
What Does Adolescent Psychiatry Involve?
A wide range of mental health disorders can affect patients in the adolescent age group. The first step in any adolescent psychiatric treatment program is to complete a thorough psychiatric assessment to render a diagnosis. Lab testing may also be performed to screen for any biological concerns that may be impacting your teen’s mental well-being. Laurie will then determine the ideal treatment strategies based on your teen’s emotional, mental, and physical needs. She may take an integrated approach to care, combining individual counseling and family psychotherapy with medication management, behavioral intervention, or other treatment modalities.
Mental Health Care for Teens
The adolescent years are a transitional time in life often riddled with hormonal fluctuations, mood swings, and physiological changes. But if your teen shows signs of depression, anxiety, or other mental health, emotional, or behavioral concerns, he or she may be in need of adolescent psychiatric care. To schedule an in-person or telemedicine visit with Laurie, please contact Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery in Arlington, TX today.