Conditions We Treat

Adjustment Disorders

An adjustment disorder is an unhealthy, excessive behavioral or emotional reaction, usually in children or adolescents, to a difficult and/or stressful major life event, or change in life, which may be sudden or ongoing for some time (and normally occurs within 3 months of the event). Learn more

Ambiguous Genitalia

When a newborn infant's genitals are not clearly male or female, the infant is said to have ambiguous genitalia. The baby genitals may have external features of both sexes and/or the sex organs may not match his/her internal sex organs or their genetic sex. Learn more

Anxiety Disorders

Please see Mood and Anxiety Disorders for further information.

Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger's syndrome describes a group of symptoms in children who have difficulties with social, behavioral and communication skills who have only mildly abnormal/good language and cognitive skills with average/above average intelligence. Learn more

Bipolar Disorder

Please see Mood and Anxiety Disorders for further information.

Bullying

Bullying is an intentional and aggressive behavior by a person that causes physical or emotional harm to the victim being bullied. Learn more

Cognitive and Perceptual Deficits

Cognition is the mental process that allows us to acquire information and knowledge. Perceptual deficits are one of the types of learning disorder. Both may be mild, moderate or severe. Learn more

Depression

Depression is a common clinical condition that affects a child/adolescents mood and mental health, for more than two weeks, severe enough to interfere with everyday living. Learn more

Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Disruptive behavior disorders (DBD) are common behavioral and mental health disorders easily identified in children because they involve behaviors that are readily seen. Learn more

Dysthymia

Depression is a common (2% of preschool and school age children; higher in adolescents) clinical condition that affects a child/adolescents mood and mental health, for more than two weeks, severe enough to interfere with everyday living.

Eating Disorders

The term “Eating disorder” refers to a variety of persistent and different eating or eating related behaviors that result in a change in the way a child/adolescent/young adult consumes or absorbs food and which significantly causes poorer physical and psychosocial functioning. Learn more

Epispadias

Please see Bladder Exstrophy and Epispadias for further information.

Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by a mutation (change) on the X chromosome that affects brain development and function. Learn more

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Please see Mood and Anxiety Disorders for further information.

Intractable Abdominal Pain

Intractable abdominal pain is abdominal pain that arises in the absence of a structural blockage or inflammation in the intestinal tract, and which bears no or only occasional relationship to bodily processes such as eating, stooling, or menstrual periods. Pain can vary in both frequency and severity. Learn more

Microcephaly

When a newborn baby or an infant's head is found to be much smaller than normal for its age, the condition is known as microcephaly. Learn more

Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Mood and anxiety disorders cover a wide range of conditions that fall under the umbrella of mental health disorders. Learn more

Nervous System Disorders

Any condition that adversely affects the function of any part of the nervous system is called a nervous system disorder. Learn more

Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Neuropsychiatric disorder is a blanket medical term that encompasses a broad range of medical conditions that involve both neurology and psychiatry. Common disorders include: seizures, attention deficits, cognitive deficits, palsies, uncontrolled anger, migraine headaches, addictions, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety and others. Learn more

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a common chronic mental health disorder in children, most being diagnosed in adolescence or young adulthood, characterized by the almost uncontrollable urge to repeat the same behaviors (compulsions) or have the same thoughts (obsessions) or emotions over and over again such that they interfere with day-to-day functioning. Learn more

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Please see Disruptive Behavior Disorder for further information.

Oromandibular Limb Hypoplasia Syndrome

This syndrome is a very rare group of a number of conditions all of whom have congenital (occuring before birth) malformations of the tongue, upper and lower jaw (maxilla and mandible), with some having variable limb abnormalities as well. Learn more

Panic Disorder

Please see Mood and Anxiety Disorders for further information.

Phobias

A phobia is an excessive, unreasonable, persistent fear of something, place or situation, that causes the child to feel anxious when exposed to it. This anxiety disorder may be mild and just annoying, or severe when it may be quite disabling and interfere with daily living. Learn more

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

All children and adolescents have bad, stressful experiences which may affect them physically and emotionally. Mostly they recover quickly without any further problems. Sometimes, particularly after a threatened or actual catastrophic incident (whether involving themselves or being a witness to such an event), children/adolescents may experience ongoing difficulties/symptoms which are called post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Learn more

Psychotic Disorders

Severe mental problems that interfere with a child/adolescent’s ability to think clearly, respond emotionally, communicate normally, have unusual perceptions (hallucinations), have delusions (a false, fixed, odd belief), understand reality and behave appropriately, are known as psychotic disorders. Learn more

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is an uncommon but severe, serious and disabling chronic psychiatric disorder where children (before the age of 18 years-rare before age 13 years) and young adults (mid to late 20’s) interpret reality abnormally, have strange thinking, (cognitive difficulties) and feelings (psychotic symptoms), and unusual behavior and emotions. Learn more

Seizures

A seizure is a sudden abnormal burst of electrical activity in one or more parts of the brain that interrupt the normal brain signals and result in a wide variety of symptoms such as loss of conciousness and uncontrollable muscle spasms. Learn more

Selective Mutism

Selective mutism is a complex childhood anxiety disorder in which the child will speak at certain times when in a comfortable secure and relaxed environment, but not necessarily in other situations (lasting for more than one month). Learn more

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Separation anxiety is normal in the very young child (particularly between 8 and 14 months of age). When this fear, anxiousness or distress when not being with a parent or caregiver occurs in children over the age of 6 years, and lasts longer than 4 weeks, the child may suffer from separation anxiety disorder. Learn more

Smoking/Tobacco Cessation

90% of adults smokers begin cigarette smoking in their teens; some starting even earlier, with children being particularly susceptible to cigarette advertising. As cigarettes contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance, your Pediatrician can advise you and be a resource for and help you/your child stop smoking. Learn more

Social Anxiety Disorder

Please see Mood and Anxiety Disorders for further information.

Somatic Symptom and Related Disorder

SSD is a group of common conditions, occurring in all cultures, where children/adolescents have physical symptoms worse than those usually associated with any existing medical condition or where no clear medical problem exists. Symptoms, and the thoughts and behaviors associated with them are sufficiently severe and distressing to interfere with a child’s/adolescents’ ability to have a normal life. Learn more

Tourette's Disorder

Tourette's disorder is a nervous system condition that causes children (boys three times more than girls, frequently starting between 2-15 years of age; average 6 years) with the condition to make sudden unwanted repetitive motions or sounds sometimes referred to as “tics”. Blinking the eyes repeatedly or blurting out sounds loudly are common symptoms of Tourette's disorder. Learn more