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Child Psychiatry

Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist & Board Certified Psychiatrist located in Raleigh, NC and Richmond, VA

Child Psychiatry

Parents may feel helpless when their child or teen struggles with angry outbursts, anxiety, aggression, or difficulty making friends. No matter what challenges they face, compassionate care is available from board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist Zev Zingher, MD. Dr. Zingher provides compassionate, age-appropriate care for children and support for parents. Call or book online to schedule an in-person child psychiatry appointment at the offices of Zingher Psychiatric in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia, or request a virtual telehealth visit to receive care if you live anywhere throughout the two states.

Child Psychiatry Q & A

Why is child psychiatry an essential service?

Children and teens face an array of issues and problems that influence their mental health and well-being. Many face daily bullying and constant stress. Children and teens are increasingly diagnosed with depression and anxiety. They may also have emotional and behavioral problems as a result of a developmental disorder.

Many parents are surprised to learn that half of all adolescents have a mental health disorder. Additionally, the symptoms of mental health disorders diagnosed in adults often begin during the teen years.

Even if your child or teen doesn’t have a mental health disorder, they may need counseling and support if they struggle with peer pressure, have a hard time socializing, or feel overwhelmed by stress at school.

What problems does child psychiatry treat? 

Dr. Zingher diagnoses and treats conditions such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Substance abuse
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Personality disorders
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Pediatric substance abuse
  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Dr. Zingher offers compassionate therapy for the full range of issues facing children and teens. 

What signs indicate the need for child psychiatry?

Parents may notice many warning signs, including:

  • Persistent fear, worry, or anxiety
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Avoiding friends
  • Not making friends
  • Making friends online but not in person
  • Constantly on the go or fidgeting
  • Talking constantly but not having conversations
  • Problems with memory or concentration
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Anger, aggression, or emotional outbursts
  • Paranoia or secrecy
  • Saying they want to die
  • Saying their parents would be happier without them

Declining school performance also signals your child is struggling with a problem that may need therapy. 

What happens during child psychiatry sessions?

Dr. Zingher talks with children and their parents to learn about their emotional and behavioral problems. He completes a psychiatric evaluation, often asking parents and teachers (with permission from parents) to complete questionnaires identifying difficult behaviors.

After diagnosing your child’s problem, he may recommend medication and/or psychotherapy, choosing a therapeutic approach appropriate for your child’s age and developmental stage. 

Dr. Zingher also teaches parents about their child’s diagnosis and recommends techniques they can use at home to support their child and help them improve.

Call Zingher Psychiatric today or book an in-person or telehealth appointment online if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s behaviors or mental health.