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What is Treatment - What does it mean for you and your child?

When the decision has been made to seek professional help and the appropriate mental health professional has been found, a treatment regimen can begin. The particulars of the treatment format, its duration and methods are as varied as each individual child’s case.

Some possible forms of treatment your clinician may suggest:

Medication - Medication alone is sometimes recommended and can be very effective. It is more frequently a vital part of a comprehensive treatment approach including one or more of the following therapies.

Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on current symptoms and goals and helps the child recognize faulty beliefs and learn new ways of thinking.

Verbal psychotherapy discusses how current problems are related to past difficulties and explores more effective options for coping with feelings and behaviors.

Interpersonal therapy explores feelings and responses within the context of interpersonal or social relationships and situations.

Group therapy explores issues within a group setting with individuals with similar problems.

Family or marital therapy helps members of the family or couple understand how their interactions affect one another and develops strategies for making changes.

More than one form of treatment is often recommended for a child and family.