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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program — Conditions We Treat

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Anorexia Nervosa

    Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person believes him- or herself to be overweight. People with anorexia restrict their food intake to lose more weight than is healthy for his or her age and height.
  • Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness and apprehension over normal life stressors like beginning a new job or taking a test. When anxiety becomes overwhelming, it can interfere with a person’s physical and mental health and is then referred to as an anxiety disorder.
  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) inhibits the ability to focus and control impulses. People with ADHD may also be overly active. Many call this condition attention deficit disorder, or ADD.
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that appears in early childhood and continues throughout a person’s life. Signs of ASD typically appear before age 3, but symptoms sometimes are not noticed until later.
  • Bipolar Disorder

    Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder in which a person experiences powerful swings between periods of mania (feeling “up”) and depression (feeling “down”). Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, can occur in both children and adults.
  • Depression, a serious brain disorder, is more than just “feeling down” or “blue.” It’s a persistent problem that affects everyday life. Symptoms of depression include sadness, feelings of uselessness, loss of interest in activities, weight changes, loss of energy and suicidal thoughts.
  • Disruptive Mood Regulation Disorder

    Disruptive mood regulation disorder is a diagnosis for children who have frequent and severe temper tantrums. The outbursts, coupled with chronic anger and irritability, may interfere with their ability to function at home and school.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. People with OCD have uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and try to control them by repeating certain behaviors (compulsions).
  • Psychosis

    Psychosis is when a person can’t distinguish between reality and imagination. It may involve seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations) or false beliefs (delusions). It can be a sign of a psychiatric condition such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.