Behavior Disorder Treatment in Vernon Hills, IL

Pediatric Behavioral Health Specialists in Lake Bluff, Lindenhurst, and Vernon Hills

It can be difficult to measure your child’s behavioral health because children can act out in many ways that may worry their parents.

As children develop, they are constantly learning how to interact with the world around them, and how to respond to these interactions. If your child experiences distress or consistent problems throughout their everyday life, they may have a behavioral disorder.

If your child is displaying signs of a behavioral disorder and you’d like the opinion of a specialist, contact Lake Forest Pediatric Associates today to schedule an appointment. The team of caring pediatricians at Lake Forest Pediatric Associates are all board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and have years of experience diagnosing pediatric mental and behavioral disorders including ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and more. We will work with you to find a diagnosis for your child and map out a plan for treatment or symptom management. Contact Lake Forest Pediatrics Associates today to schedule an appointment in Lake Bluff, Lindenhurst, or Vernon Hills.

Common Mental and Behavioral Disorders

A mental or behavioral issue can present itself in many forms. A few of the most frequent disorders that appear in children are:

Anxiety

If your child is so fearful or worried that they are unable to perform daily functions at school or at home then they may have an anxiety disorder.

Depression

All kids experience sadness. However, if this sadness progresses into feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, it may be a sign of a more concerning condition such as depression.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental condition that can affect children in a variety of ways. Generally, kids with ADHD experience trouble when trying to focus on a task.

Conduct Disorder (CD)

If children are consistently breaking rules set forth by their parents or teachers, and are aggressive toward others, they may be diagnosed with conduct disorder.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

This disorder typically presents itself in children ages 8-12 and is characterized by a short temper, refusal to follow the direction of others, and arguing with people in a disrespectful manner.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Kids with OCD may have obsessions, compulsions, or both. These cause the child to have an urge that may not be particularly rational, but makes them feel as though they must act on it anyway.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Generally, children are incredibly resilient, which allows them to recover quickly from a stressful event. Cases where such stressful events leave a lasting, negative impression on their child and their life are known as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Tourette’s Syndrome

Both children and adults with Tourette’s will make involuntary verbal or physical outbursts that are referred to as “tics”.

When to See a Professional

Some behavioral disorders are easier to manage than others, but each one can warrant the advice and care of a professional if it is affecting the child’s daily functions. A specialist will make sure to provide the child with extra support to help them manage and control their disorder.

Meeting with a behavioral health specialist never means that your kid is crazy, it simply means that you are willing to seek assistance in providing your son or daughter with the tools they need to enjoy their life to the fullest.

Schedule an Appointment with Lake Forest Pediatric Associates Today

If your child is displaying symptoms of a mental or behavioral disorder, Lake Forest Pediatric Associates may be able to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in Lake Bluff, Lindenhurst, or Vernon Hills. Our offices are open 365 days a year – with medical professionals on call 24 hours a day – to provide the all-around care that your family deserves.