Fostering a Lifetime of Mental Wellness
Children and teens are not just little adults—they have their own important mental health needs as they develop.
Studies suggest that almost one-third of all mental health problems start in childhood. This includes data showing that suicide is the second leading cause of death—starting at age 10 and extending to age 34.
This is compounded by the mental health and learning impacts on children and families as we emerge from three years of the direct and indirect effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
At McLean’s Nancy and Richard Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, we provide world-class care to children ages 3-19. We focus on an array of diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, and addiction.
Our specialty treatment programs for kids and teens with OCD—and also for those with emotion dysregulation, suicide/self-injury, and symptoms of personality disorders—are among the best in the world.
To help meet the needs of our young patients, we offer inpatient and residential treatment options, where kids are at McLean day and night receiving intensive, around-the-clock care.
We also have partial hospital programs and intensive outpatient programs, where kids are in our programs during the day, but sleep at home.
Each of our treatment programs helps young people and their families using evidence-based approaches to diagnose what is going on and determine what type of treatment will best offer improvement. These treatment can include medications and therapy that helps children and parents develop the skills they need to reduce symptoms and improve functioning at home, with peers, and in school.
“Our multidisciplinary teams are dedicated to working with children, teens, young adults, and their parents, who are struggling with the challenges of mental health problems,” says Daniel P. Dickstein, MD, FAAP, chief of the Simches Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
“We believe in providing the best clinical care available to change lives and offer hope, while also innovating a better tomorrow through research and training opportunities,”