Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Care at Lindner Center of HOPE
At Lindner Center of HOPE, a team of child and adolescent physicians and mental health practitioners provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services in a comfortable and therapeutic setting. Individualized care is provided with a focus on family involvement. Family education and participation is essential to the success of the treatment and recovery process.
Adolescence and early adulthood are critical times when physical, cognitive, and social changes allow a teenager to develop the identity that will serve as a basis for their adult lives. Research has indicated that psychiatric illnesses frequently present during the adolescent years, thereby making early diagnosis and effective treatment even more crucial.
Outpatient Consultations and Therapy for Children and Adolescents
Lindner Center of HOPE provides outpatient psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, rehabilitation and consultation services for children and adolescents, as young as age 2. Autism evaluations are available for children and teens ages 2 and older, while therapy is available for children ages 5 and older.
Inpatient Hospitalization Services for Adolescents
Cincinnati Children’s has an inpatient unit at Lindner Center of HOPE which provides stabilization for struggling adolescents age 12 to 17 on a 16-bed adolescent unit. Patients participate in structured daily activities that are evidence-based and interdisciplinary in nature. Many involve group work with peers and staff.
The treatment team can include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, dietitians, and general practice physician. Daily programming aims to ensure comprehensive and adolescent-centered education and treatment during the course of the inpatient stay.
The recovery process begins during the course of the inpatient stay in order to promote as smooth a transition as possible to the outpatient setting.
When To Consider Hospitalization For Adolescents And Young Adults
Though the following signs may be the result of another health condition or other life circumstances, they can assist parents in determining if their child may need further help from a mental health professional:
- Decline in school performance
- Persistent difficulty with peers
- Poor grades despite strong efforts
- Constant worry or anxiety
- Persistent somatic complaints
- School refusal or loss of interest in usual activities
- Persistent and disruptive hyperactivity
- Inability to focus or concentrate
- Repeated disrupted sleep patterns
- Continuous or frequent aggression, “acting out” or oppositional behavior
- Persistent sadness and/or irritability
Symptoms that need immediate attention:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Extreme fright in situations that do not warrant it
- Extreme unreasonable resentments or grudges
- Incoherent speech or writing