Mental Health

Mental Health

Mental Health services offered in Chelsea, AL

Mental health is an important part of overall health for children of all ages. At Pediatric Care of Chelsea in Chelsea, Alabama, Stephanie Varner, CPNP-PC, and the team provide basic mental health services for their young patients. The team offers counseling and support as well as recommendations for pediatric psychiatric care. To get help for your child’s mental health, call the office or schedule your appointment online today.

Mental Health Q&A

What is mental health?

Mental health refers to your psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Your child’s mental health affects how they think, feel, and interact with others. It also affects their physical well-being. 


Your child’s mental health may interfere with their ability to reach developmental and emotional milestones. It also affects behavior, learning, and friendships.


Pediatric Care of Chelsea is a primary pediatric practice that recognizes the importance of mental health for your child’s overall wellness. They offer mental health services like counseling and support, as well as recommendations to experts when needed. 

What types of mental health conditions occur in children?

There are a number of mental health conditions that affect children and teens. Some of the more common include:


  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


Some of these conditions are neurodevelopmental conditions, like ADHD and ASD, that occur during early brain development, causing symptoms that typically appear in early childhood. 


Young people also struggle with other mental health conditions that may occur from outside factors such as trauma or loss. Genetics also plays a role in the development of mental health issues. 


When left untreated, these mental health conditions may lead to other problems. Getting help for your child when they first show signs of distress may prevent future problems and help them feel better sooner.

When should I schedule a mental health assessment?

You should schedule a mental health assessment at Pediatric Care of Chelsea if you have concerns about your child’s social or emotional well-being, or their behavior. 


The team asks detailed questions about your child’s symptoms and your concerns. They may also assess how your child thinks, feels, and behaves. The information they gather from these assessments can determine the underlying cause of your child’s emotional distress.


The team also performs a physical exam and may recommend lab work to rule out a physical condition that might explain your child’s symptoms.


The pediatric specialists at Pediatric Care of Chelsea provide support and counseling services. If your child needs psychiatric services, the team may recommend a local psychiatrist.


Your child’s mental health is vital for wellness. Call Pediatric Care of Chelsea or schedule your child’s appointment online today.