Child Psychiatrist Milwaukee

Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Significant life events — such as the death of a family member, friend, or pet; divorce or a move; abuse; trauma; a parent leaving on military deployment; or a major illness in the family — can cause stress that might lead to problems with behavior, mood, sleep, appetite, and academic or social functioning.

In certain situations, it is not as clear what has caused a child to suddenly seem withdrawn, worried, stressed, angry, or tearful. But if a parent feels their child might have an emotional or behavioral problem or needs help coping with a difficult life event, parents should trust their instincts.

If your child is having difficulty in any of these areas and the problem lasts for an extended period of time, your child may benefit from professional help. Mental health professionals here at American Behavioral Clinics should be consulted to help you both understand what is upsetting him or her.

Outpatient Psychiatric Treatment for Children and Adolescents

American Behavioral Clinics psychiatric treatment is intended for children and adolescents between the ages of 5-21 (if still in school). The therapies offered to children with behavioral disorders include psychiatric evaluations, individual and family therapy, medication management, anger management, social skills training, cognitive behavioral therapy and group therapy. The treatment we offer focuses primarily on helping the children cope with the daily circumstances that may have a negative impact on their lives, as well as improving the child’s quality of life and ability to function on a daily basis.

Children & Adolescent Treatment Specializations

✅  Depression
✅  Anxiety
✅  Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
✅ Bipolar Disorder
✅ Learning Disorders
✅ Behavior Problems
✅ Bereavement
✅ Adjustment to divorce & separation
✅ Blended families
✅ College adjustment & coping
✅ Gender identity
✅ Sexuality and orientation

Children & Adolescent Treatment Outcomes

American Behavioral Clinic’s goal for each child who meets with our mental health professionals on a regular basis is for them to successfully thrive within his or her home, school and community. We provide an environment that is nurturing and safe. Depending on the child’s individual circumstances and symptoms, will also determine on which unique type of treatment is best for them.
Our outpatient treatment allows the flexibility for children or adolescents to receive treatment for mental health issues while maintaining their commitments to school and family.

To Reach Our Child Psychiatrists in Milwaukee at American Behavioral Clinics, contact your nearest location to make an appointment today

The Long-lasting Effects of Child Abuse


People who recall being abused or neglected as a child are more likely to experience periods of anxiety or depression as adults than those where court records show maltreatment was present, but the adult does not recall it, according to a study published in the Journal of American Medicine Psychiatry. The study conducted at King’s [...]

The Long-lasting Effects of Child Abuse2023-07-28T12:44:50-05:00

Anxiety in Children and Teens: The Treatment Process


The number of children and teens diagnosed with anxiety has risen steadily since 2006. Yet, a study released in a journal from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that more children and teens are receiving medication for anxiety without receiving therapy. The study, which examined records from 2006 to 2018, found that visits to [...]

Anxiety in Children and Teens: The Treatment Process2023-07-13T17:58:25-05:00

Raising a Baby With Mental Health Challenges


While we often focus on teen and adult mental health, babies can face mental health challenges. Getting treatment early often produces better outcomes. Therefore, consider these pertinent facts if you are the caregiver of a child under three. Signs of Mental Health Challenges in Babies One of the advantages of seeking [...]

Raising a Baby With Mental Health Challenges2023-07-13T18:00:06-05:00

ADHD in Babies and Preschoolers


Researchers at Tulane University have studied results collected from over 10,000 children born between 2005 and 2009 for signs of ADHD. The researchers looked at 40 different factors known before or during birth and identified 14 factors that predicted the presence of ADHD in a child. Researchers are hopeful that identifying [...]

ADHD in Babies and Preschoolers2023-05-11T13:14:40-05:00

Eliminating Test Anxiety


Up to 40% of students experience test anxiety. These students often feel physical and psychological distress and may have trouble performing their best on tests. Sometimes, test anxiety becomes so severe that they resist tackling higher education. If you are one of these students, there are some steps you can take [...]

Eliminating Test Anxiety2023-04-28T17:25:55-05:00

Improve Your Child’s Mental Health by Not Being a Helicopter Parent


A new study by prominent researchers at Florida Atlantic University draws a correlation between children's mental health decline and the lack of self-directed play. The researchers point out that children were more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety in 2022 than in 1950. Meanwhile, days spent in school have increased [...]

Improve Your Child’s Mental Health by Not Being a Helicopter Parent2023-03-31T11:54:48-05:00

The Effects of Social Media on Teens’ Mental Health


The average American spends 2.5 hours on social media daily. Teens are on social sites about 8 hours a day. Furthermore, studies show that 26% of social media users are between 18 and 29. Spending so much time on social media can affect mental health. Psychologists are especially concerned about people [...]

The Effects of Social Media on Teens’ Mental Health2023-03-27T13:21:43-05:00

Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health Releases Mental Health Crisis Card


The Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health has released a Mental Health Crisis Card that children and adults can use to de-escalate a situation when experiencing a mental health crisis. Those who may experience a mental health crisis are encouraged to print it and always carry it with them or take a photo of [...]

Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health Releases Mental Health Crisis Card2023-03-10T10:46:58-06:00