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Early intervention is the key to managing and treating psychiatric developmental and behavioral disorders. It may be difficult to know if your child is going through normal developmental changes or if they are struggling with something more serious.

If you have any inclination that your child is having difficulties, and/or you see behavioral changes, do not wait. It is better to get your child evaluated as soon as you sense a problem. Dr. Khanna is a reliable, understanding professional who can evaluate your child and provide diagnoses and treatment options.

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When you notice something unusual about your child’s behavior, the hardest question to answer is, “Is it something, or is it nothing?”

Teenagers, especially, can be difficult to read. Hormones, social pressure and rapid physical development can cause moodiness and irritability. These characteristics are evidence of completely normal adolescent development. However, for some teens, they can be signals of something more serious, such as underlying depression.

Whenever you have concerns, it’s best to get your teen evaluated by a medical professional who has experience treating depression. One in five teens suffers from depression, but more than half of them don’t receive appropriate treatment. Treating depression is especially important, because the consequences could be serious. Usually the earlier treatment is started, the better the outcome. If you have any suspicion that your child or teen is depressed, get him or her evaluated right away.

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Just about every parent has experienced separation anxiety. Perhaps your child cries for you when you drop him or her off at daycare, or they cling to you when a new babysitter arrives for the evening. These behaviors are not only quite common, they’re also perfectly normal, depending on your child’s age and developmental level. If your elementary-age child exhibits school refusal, it might be a sign of an underlying, clinically significant separation anxiety disorder.

It is possible to treat school refusal and improve your child’s chances of performing well in school. However, it’s important to treat early and effectively.

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Watching children grow and thrive is one of the most rewarding parts of being a parent. Sometimes, however, great expectations can turn into suffocating stress for your child. By providing support and acceptance, you can encourage your kids to reach for the stars without making them feel like their self-worth rests solely on achievement.

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