Child Psychiatry

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry & Perinatal Specialist located in Cherry Hill , NJ
Child Psychiatry services offered in Cherry Hill , NJ

Children can suffer from mental and developmental health problems just like adults do. Dr. Amy Carnall, DNP, APN, PMHNP-BC, and Christina Sertway, APN, PMHNP-BC, at Clarity Psychiatry Care in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, are experts in child psychiatry. They provide extensive services for all disorders affecting children and adults, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and anxiety. Call Clarity Psychiatry Care today or book an appointment online for expert child psychiatry.

Child Psychiatry Q & A

What is child psychiatry?

Most mental health problems have the potential to develop in childhood, and some (like eating disorders) are more common in young people. Child psychiatry helps children and teens who are struggling with mental health problems.

Whatever challenges your child faces, the team designs a care plan with specific goals that teach your child the skills they need to overcome or manage their mental health problems.


What psychiatric conditions affect children?

The experts in child psychiatry at Clarity Psychiatry Care diagnose and treat:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Asperger’s syndrome
  • Child and teen anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)

Children with ODD are frequently angry, irritable, and argumentative. They often refuse to cooperate with authority figures like parents and teachers and display spiteful, revengeful behaviors.

Developmental and learning disabilities are often present at birth, although diagnosis usually occurs when a child is of preschool age. Some serious life-long mental health problems start causing symptoms in adolescence.


What symptoms indicate a need for child psychiatry?

Knowing whether a child’s behavior requires psychiatric treatment can sometimes be difficult. For example, many children occasionally display symptoms typical of ADHD without having the disorder. However, if any abnormal behaviors occur over long periods and interfere with school and home life, a child psychiatry consultation is advisable.

Symptoms parents should look out for include:

  • Falling grades
  • Persistent or focused anxiousness
  • Refusing to go to school
  • Regular hyperactivity
  • Frequent, uncontrollable meltdowns
  • Depression (sadness, hopelessness, and self-loathing)
  • Extreme distrust
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Losing interest in favorite activities
  • Self-harm
  • Persistent risk-taking
  • Frequent nightmares
  • Verbal or physical aggression
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • An interest in suicide
  • Social isolation or significant change in friend groups

Adolescents with mental health problems may experiment with alcohol or recreational drugs.

The Clarity Psychiatry Care team is also familiar with pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) and pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS).

Research indicates a link between certain infections and the onset of OCD, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, irritability, aggressiveness, oppositional behavior, declining school performance, worsening thinking skills, and disturbed sleep.


What child psychiatry services are available?

The Clarity Psychiatry Care team offers comprehensive child psychiatry services, starting with a thorough evaluation. Your provider performs an in-depth psychiatric, educational, and developmental assessment. They diagnose the child’s condition, including PANDAS and PANS.

This helps to develop an appropriate treatment plan that can include recommendations for the child’s IEP (individual education plan)/504 accommodations at school. Providers can also deliver expert testimony in administrative court.

Treatments include medication management, psychotherapy (talk therapy with older children and teens, game therapy for younger children), social skills education, and support services such as the Together Youth Mentoring program. 

Call Clarity Psychiatry Care today or book an appointment online to benefit from the practice’s expert child psychiatry services.