Behavioral Health Specialist

Newton Pediatrics

Pediatrics, Travel Medicine, & Pediatric Obesity Medicine located in Newton Centre, MA, Wellesley, MA and Waltham, MA

Children can all behave in ways you’d rather they didn’t from time to time. However, if your child is continually having problems because of their behavior, the experts in children’s health at Newton Pediatrics can help. At their offices in Newton, Wellesley, and Waltham, Massachusetts, your child or teen can undergo a comprehensive behavioral health evaluation to find the cause of their problem. For the best advice and support when your child is exhibiting problematic behaviors, call your nearest Newton Pediatrics office or book an appointment online today.

Behavioral Health Q&A

What is behavioral health?

Behavioral health concerns the problems with various behaviors that children can experience. These behaviors might range from low mood or angry outbursts to difficulties concentrating and other issues at school. 

Without help, these behavioral health problems can worsen. Children can be suspended or excluded from school, find it difficult to fit into their family life, and struggle to achieve their potential. Some become involved in unsafe and illegal activities.

However, with expert care from Newton Pediatrics, a child with behavioral health problems can overcome their difficulties and get the help they need to flourish.

What causes behavioral health problems?

There are many possible reasons for children to develop behavioral health problems. The main reasons are:

Developmental disorders

Developmental disorders like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are a frequent cause of behavioral health problems. Children with ADHD can have numerous issues that mean their behavior is often challenging and disruptive. Autism can also trigger antisocial or inappropriate behaviors.

Mental health disorders

Conditions like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder can cause children and adolescents to behave out of character. They can also develop problems like eating disorders that affect their behavior.

Substance abuse

Children and adolescents can experience behavioral health problems due to experimenting with alcohol, drugs, or other dangerous substances. These substances can interfere with a child’s brain chemistry, causing shifts in their behavior. If they become addicted, they may turn to crime to fund their habit.

Bullying

Bullying and peer pressure can cause children numerous problems, from low self-esteem to engaging in reckless behaviors in an attempt to fit in.

How are behavioral health problems treated?

Behavioral health issues require an individual approach coupled with an understanding of the pressures children and adolescents face and expertise in child psychology. For example, children may not behave the same way that adults do when experiencing depression and anxiety. 

Symptoms of mental health problems like these, the effects of bullying, and conditions such as ADHD and other behavioral disorders are often quite similar. Newton Pediatrics uses comprehensive screening tools to diagnose the root cause of your child’s behavioral health problem and determine the appropriate treatment. 

The behavioral health specialists provide a range of services, including:

  • Anxiety evaluation and counseling
  • Autism screening
  • Behavioral advice
  • Bipolar disorder evaluation
  • Bullying prevention and advocacy
  • Child-rearing support
  • Depression screening and therapy
  • Discussion of normal developmental stages
  • Asperger’s syndrome screening
  • Evaluation and management of ADHD

Newton Pediatrics has an independently licensed social worker to serve all of your child’s behavioral health needs. Where necessary, they can provide guidance in matching your child and family with the right behavioral health provider.

To find out how Newton Pediatrics can help with your child’s behavioral health problems, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.