Depression: Children who experience depressive symptoms in early stages without any treatment tend to shape their personality and adaptive behaviors to mimic their depression. The self-defeating thoughts, lack of confidence, and social withdrawal become a huge burden on their level of social functioning and academic performance. Maladaptive behaviors could be self-destructive (aggression towards self and others), and transient and temporary remedies may be used (alcohol and drugs) to help negatively cope with their illness.
Our research program offers psychiatric evaluation and a detailed and extensive medical assessment to rule out any potential medical condition that might simulate or exacerbate the depression symptoms. Once assessment is completed, participants receive an ongoing evaluation and weekly follow up visits. Participants receive financial compensation for their time and free medication. After finishing the program, participants will receive free psychiatric follow up visits up to 6 months.
Anxiety: Children with anxiety issues are always on edge. They are constantly seeking information for reassurance. However, no information is good enough to make them feel fewer worries. They always anticipate the worst outcomes to happen and constantly think of ways to cope with these outcomes. They calculate these outcomes as if it is a very common day to day encounter, when they are rarely happening, if ever. Their fear of rejection compels them to seek a granted letter of acceptance from others to engage in any social interaction, or they may avoid social interactions completely. Consequently, their potential to grow and engage in social and fulfilling relationships and productive environments is very limited.
CincyScience offers free psychiatric and medical detailed assessments that typically cost about $5,000 in other psychiatric centers. We assess for the different kinds of anxiety disorders (generalized, social, separational, anticipatory and specific phobias). Thyroid dysfunction could simulate a presentation as anxiety disorder. Through the extensive medical evaluation, we confirm the lack of other medical conditions that might cause some of these problems. Once assessment is completed, participants receive an ongoing evaluation and weekly follow up visits. Participants receive financial compensation for their time and free medication. After finishing the program, participants will receive free psychiatric follow up visits up to 6 months.
Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): This is a “misnomer” of the presentation of children who “lack focus” or “attention”. However, they don’t have a “deficit” in their focus or attention. They are very attentive and can display a great focus, but only if the task is stimulating, exciting or thrilling. The lack of attention and focus comes in display when boring, redundant, repetitive tasks are required to be completed. Additionally, if the task by nature requires prolonged focus and attention, they have difficulty successfully completing these tasks. Mathematical operations are usually a challenging task to do. Children realize that there is something wrong with them. They try to find any reason for their lack of understanding, or their inability to perform like their peers. When they fail to find any reasonable explanation, then the core dysfunctional elements of “I’m not good enough”, “I’m stupid”,“ I will always be like that”, and depression becomes an expected outcome of these distorted views of self-worth.
Additionally, hyperactivity and impulsivity make safety for these children and for others around them a great task and challenging for adults and care givers to ensure.
Research programs for children with ADHD continue to try new medications that are helpful to increase their focus and attention. Many of the available ADHD medications in the market provide some relief but the side effects are quickly becoming a “nightmare” for families and caregivers. The side effects, such as lack of appetite, sleep difficulties, and mood swings are limiting the continued use of the ADHD medications even if they have proven to be helpful.