Behavioral issues like ADHD and autism spectrum disorder affect millions of children and teenagers in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although autism spectrum disorder and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) are among the most common, there are a number of behavioral issues that affect children. The pediatricians at Kid's Health Alliance, PA, Dr. Shahab Eunus and Dr. Mamatha Sandu offer diagnostic and treatment options for pediatric behavioral issues in Ocala, FL.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Pediatric Behavioral Issues in Ocala, FL
Knowing when certain behavioral patterns and issues in children are a sign of a potential problem can be challenging for parents. Your child's pediatrician is the best resource available to help you monitor their development and milestones and to identify symptoms and behavior that may be a sign of a larger issue. Some of the most common childhood behavioral problems include:
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Mood issues and disorders
Signs and Symptoms of Pediatric Behavioral Issues
Most children will misbehave or "act out" from time to time. Throwing a temper tantrum or daydreaming at school from time to time does not necessarily mean that your child has a behavioral issue. So how can you tell the difference? Here are a few things to look for and discuss with your child's pediatrician if you suspect they may have a behavioral issue or are missing certain developmental milestones:
- They appear unusually sad or withdrawn for a prolonged period of time
- Severe mood swings and disruptive behavior that seems out of character at home and at school
- Changes in behavior, especially aggressive and violent outbursts
- Panic attacks or excessive worrying
- Difficulty concentrating or staying focused
- Unexplained changes in appetite and weight
- Signs of self-harm
Depending on the underlying cause, behavioral and mental health issues in children may be treated through cognitive behavior therapy and medication when necessary.
Find a Pediatrician in Ocala, FL
To learn more about common behavioral problems and treatment options for children, contact Kid's Health Alliance, PA by calling 352-237-5400 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eunus or Dr. Sandu today.