Pediatric Mental & Behavioral Health

Pediatric mental and behavioral healthcare aims to offer support to children struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and learning disorders. At Robertson Pediatrics, we know that these challenging conditions can appear at any stage of life, including childhood and adolescence. 

Our holistic approach combines medication management, psychological therapy, and parenting support to ensure the best treatment outcome. If you notice any behavior or sign that concerns you, don’t hesitate to seek help. 

Our skilled physician, Dr. Sammy, works closely with a child psychologist and behavioral therapist to properly diagnose and support your child so that they can achieve their best potential.

Mental & Behavioral Health Conditions We Treat

Some of the most common mental and behavioral health conditions we treat at Robertson Pediatrics include:

ADHD

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a condition characterized by excessive energy, difficulty focusing, and challenges in controlling impulsive behaviors.

Anxiety

Anxiety causes feelings of uneasiness, worry, or fear to occur constantly without an apparent reason. This condition causes the body to feel enormous distress even when not in danger. 

When anxiety progresses into more severe episodes, panic attacks could appear. They can begin without warning at any time or place, causing chills, nausea, or numbness.

Depression

Depression is commonly understood as a state of deep sadness and emptiness. Although this may be one of its signs, it is often a combination of multiple distressing feelings at once.

Some common signs of depression in childhood and adolescence include:

  • Irregular sleeping patterns
  • Changes in appetite
  • A sudden decrease of interest in hobbies
  • Broken relationships with family and friends
  • Acting out behaviors
  • Episodes of irritability and anger
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Worsening academic performance
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed
  • Frequent mood swings 
  • Physical symptoms like headaches, gastrointestinal issues, and loss of appetite

Behavioral Issues

Some warning signs that can help identify behavioral issues in children and teenagers include criminal actions like theft, vandalism, skipping school, and disobedience toward authority figures in the family or at school.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions characterized by abnormal eating behaviors, distorted thoughts about food, and significant distress or impairment in daily functioning. 

Some common eating disorders in childhood include:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Learning & Processing Disorders

A learning disorder occurs when the brain processes and works with information in a different way, leading to a gap between expected skills and actual performance. These disorders can affect multiple academic and social aspects, including reading, writing, math, speech, or socializing skills.

What to Expect from Our Pediatric Mental & Behavioral Health Services

As you arrive at our clinic, our friendly medical providers will greet you and assist with  the following steps:

Medical History & Lifestyle Review

To better understand what could be triggering your child’s change in behavior and symptoms, our providers will conduct a review of their vaccination schedule, previous medication, lifestyle habits, and medical history. A physical exam that examines their eyes, ears, breathing, reflexes, and heartbeat may also be performed.

Diagnosis Process

In order to diagnose a mental health condition or learning disorder, your doctor will:

  • Closely examine your child’s health. 
  • Review their family medical history. 
  • Ask for support from teachers or caregivers
  • Conduct a series of specialized tests to identify any potential signs

Treatment Plan

Once the results are back, your provider will offer a precise diagnosis and discuss the treatment options that best suit your child’s needs. This may include medication management, psychotherapy, and constant parenting support.

Our Approach to Pediatric Mental & Behavioral Health

At Robertson Pediatrics, we believe in fighting mental health and behavioral conditions through an integrated approach. Our treatment for conditions focuses on using medication management, psychotherapy, and parental support as tools that aim for long-lasting recovery.

Medication Management

Medication management is a crucial treatment method to deal with the symptoms of anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, and learning disorders. It provides rapid relief from physical symptoms like tension, tachycardia, nausea, fatigue, and insomnia. 

Some of the most common medications used to manage the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks include: 

  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Beta-blockers

Psychotherapy

One of the most effective approaches to psychotherapy is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It helps your child understand their emotions and understand why the symptoms are triggered. 

Therapy can also help develop strategies to reduce impulsive behavior, manage emotions, enhance organizational skills, and improve time management abilities. 

Techniques used during CBT can include the following:

  • Cognitive restructuring or reframing identifies and alters stress-inducing thoughts.
  • Exposure therapy helps you face and control your fears instead of avoiding them. It is often used in treating phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Goal-setting and problem-solving help you define clear goals and develop strategies to achieve them.

Parenting Support and Education

We firmly believe that well-informed parents make the best decisions for their child’s health. During your appointments, our Pediatricians will empower you with knowledge and guidance to ensure you handle the challenges of childhood mental health issues with confidence. 

As you continue supporting your children by attending therapy and monitoring their medication treatment, you can also help your child by:

  • Educating yourself and other family members
  • Offering verbal encouragement
  • Spending quality time with physical, creative, and meaningful activities
  • Disciplining with purpose and warmth

Additional Mental Health Support

As part of our commitment to providing unwavering support to parents and children struggling with mental health, we offer same-day sick visits for crisis intervention, concierge Pediatric services, and home visits with added convenience.

Same-Day Sick Visits for Crisis Intervention

Mental health crises happen unexpectedly, often halting your child’s capacity to perform daily tasks. For these time-sensitive issues, our same-day appointments guarantee swift and effective mental health assessments. 

You can visit us at our Beverly Hills clinic, or we can send someone out for your convenience.

Around-the-Clock Concierge Pediatrics

If you and your family require additional mental health support, our concierge Pediatrics service can provide 24/7 personalized at-home and virtual care. This approach offers personalized, immediate, and quality attention from our Pediatricians.

Home Visits that Foster Comfort

You don’t necessarily have to make an in-office appointment to receive compassionate and quality mental healthcare. We provide caring, emotional support in the comfort of your own home. Our main goal is to offer practical guidance for both your child and yourself as you navigate through these complex challenges. 

Our compassionate providers can assist your family with crisis intervention, medication refills, psychotherapy, and any other concerns that may arise. We work hand in hand with you to tailor a personalized plan that caters to your child’s needs.

Pediatric Mental & Behavioral Health Care in Beverly Hills

At Robertson Pediatrics, we understand your child’s emotional health is as important as their physical well-being. Our experienced team specializes in a wide range of Pediatric mental and behavioral conditions. 

We offer same-day sick visits in our clinic located in the heart of Beverly Hills. For appointments, please call us at 310-659-8687 or contact us online.

150 N Robertson Blvd, Ste 307
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Phone: 310-659-8687
Fax: 310-659-2420

Working Hours
Monday-Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Concierge Patients have direct access 24/7 and will be accomodated with home/office visits as needed.
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