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Behavioral Health Child and Adolescent Services

Seeking treatment for children or adolescents struggling with psychiatric, substance abuse or other behavioral health problems can be confusing and difficult for many parents. At Mercy Behavioral Health, your family will encounter friendly, reassuring staff prepared to provide your child with effective treatment options and positive outcomes.

Parents searching for answers can trust the professionals at Mercy Behavioral Health. The multidisciplinary team – including a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, nurses, social workers, case managers, psychiatric technicians and substance abuse counselors – work together to identify your child’s needs, define a treatment plan and offer the best care in the least restrictive manner possible.

Teen Suicide

Young adults experiencing depression, displaying aggressive or disruptive behavior and/or under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be at an increased risk for suicidal thoughts and action. Intervention by a concerned adult lets teens know that people care about them and are concerned for their well-being. The professionals at Mercy Behavioral Health are dedicated to helping young adults and can provide treatment and counseling during these difficult times

Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a medical condition that causes children, teens and some adults to have difficulty paying attention and controlling their actions. ADHD is a biological disorder that appears to be genetically or developmentally based, with symptoms often beginning at birth. Symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fidgeting with hands or feet
  • Difficulty staying seated
  • Talking excessively
  • Difficulty listening
  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty following instruction

Treating ADHD

The professionals at Mercy Behavioral Health are experts in treating ADHD in children and young adults. Treatment options include behavior modification, counseling and educational planning with schools. In addition, stimulant and non-stimulant medications may be prescribed to help patients by improving their attention span, decreasing the ability to become easily distracted, increasing the ability to listen and follow directions, and improving the ability to control their actions. Dosages and frequency of medication will vary depending on the specific needs of each individual child.

Learn more: Mercy Pediatric Neurology and Psychiatry Center

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