Conditions

At UT Southwestern Medical Center, our providers see children and adolescents with a variety of conditions.

Those conditions include:

Anxiety disorders
A group of disorders that includes panic disorders, social phobia, and generalized anxiety; treated through psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (child ADHD)
One of the most common childhood disorders that can continue through adolescence and adulthood; includes difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity); treated through pharmacotherapy, non-medication therapies, and, in some cases, techniques to improve learning
Autism
A developmental disorder that affects a child’s socialization and communication; diagnosed and treated by pediatric psychiatrists trained to diagnose autism and to help families design and implement an appropriate treatment plan and help families cope with stress
Bipolar disorder
A mood disorder characterized by alternating episodes of depression and mania; initial consultation and evaluation by UT Southwestern’s bipolar specialists; addressed by UTSW pediatric psychiatrists through the latest treatment approaches, including pharmacological and/or alternative or complementary treatments
Conduct disorders
A group of behavioral and emotional problems manifested in youngsters who don’t behave in a socially acceptable way; treated through behavior therapy, psychotherapy, or medication, depending on diagnosis
Depression
A disorder sometimes found in children, and affecting 5 percent of American teens; presents in children with pretending to be sick, refusing to go to school, clinging to a parent, or worrying that the parent may die; presents in older children as sulking, getting into trouble at school, being negative or grouchy, and feel misunderstood; treated with therapy, medication, and emerging approaches
Eating disorders
Illnesses that cause serious disturbances to everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating; includes anorexia nervosa and bulimia; treated through individual and group counseling, psychological intervention, therapeutic meals supervision, relapse prevention, living skills, family relationship support, nutritional counseling, medication management, and after-care support
Learning disorders
A group of disorders in which a person has difficulty learning in a typical manner, with specific factors affecting the brain's ability to receive and process information, including  ADHD, dyslexia, as well as auditory and visual processing disorders; diagnosed and treated by a team of pediatric psychiatrists, neuropsychiatrists, social workers, occupational therapists, or speech and language specialists
Pervasive developmental disorders
A group of disorders, also called autism spectrum disorders, that includes autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), Asperger Syndrome, and Rett Syndrome; treated through speech therapy, occupational therapy, social skills training, and behavioral therapy
Schizophrenia
A potentially disabling chronic illness; treated through psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and emerging approaches