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Pediatric Psychiatry

Compassionate and comprehensive pediatric psychiatric healthcare.

The Pediatric Psychiatry team at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital uses a multidisciplinary and family centered treatment approach for a variety of illnesses and conditions.

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Most children and adolescents pass through their different developmental stages without significant problems. However, for some young people, one or more phases of the transition to adulthood can be difficult, even painful. When this occurs, it can lead to behaviors that may disrupt or threaten the child’s and family’s stability, thus requiring the support of professionals. At times such as these, isn’t it good to know that the experts are close to home at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is a nationally recognized pediatric specialty hospital that has been treating children for 60 years. Through our experience we have found that the best care is collaborative care. Our unique therapeutic program reflects this philosophy by utilizing the team approach, involving professionals, child and family to resolve issues.

A confidential consultation with our professional staff of Pediatric Psychologists and Psychiatrists may be helpful if your child has experienced any of the following problems:

  • Divorce in the family
  • Depression
  • A sudden change in friends or activities
  • Family Conflict and arguments
  • Childhood fears and anxiety
  • Low self-esteem or withdrawal from family and friends
  • Sudden gain or loss in weight
  • Self-harm
  • Irritability and anger
  • Poor school performance or a sudden drop in grades
  • Support Groups are also offered

The most frequent diagnoses are mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and attention deficit disorders (ADD). Patients are assigned to either the children or adolescent Behavior Modification Program. The emphasis is on providing positive reinforcement in the form of praise, group support and rewards for appropriate behaviors.

Your child may be admitted voluntarily requiring parent and child consent or involuntarily at the request of a healthcare professional or law enforcement officer (Baker Act). If admitted involuntarily the admission evaluation can take up to 72 hours by law. During this time you may be asked to sign voluntary admission forms.

Admission and Psychiatry Unit Visiting Hours

On admission you will meet the assigned nurse and behavioral health technician who will provide you with in-patient information, including guidelines and policies for the unit. You will be asked to provide information regarding your child and sign consent forms. A family therapy session will also be scheduled on admission.

Within 24 hours of admission the attending psychiatrist, psychiatric fellow/resident, nurse practitioner, and a therapist will evaluate your child and contact you.

Unit Visitation Hours

Monday through Friday: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

If you have special needs due to your work schedule, please inform your case coordinator or charge nurse so we may best accommodate your request. Visitors are limited to two at a time. Visiting minors need to be escorted by an adult while on the unit. All visits are supervised by staff members.

Treatments and Procedures

Conditions We Treat

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