It’s not always easy for parents to know when their child or teen is struggling with a mood or anxiety disorder. You may notice behavioral changes like aggression and acting out, but not the true root of the problem, which is often mood or anxiety related. The clinicians in the Child Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Tufts Medical Center’s Tufts Medical Center are skilled in the evaluation and treatment of a broad spectrum of mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, general anxiety, social anxiety, separation anxiety and panic attacks. Led by Sandra Lucio, DO, our staff of highly trained residents will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to identity the source of your child’s challenges.
Diagnosis is just one aspect of our services. Once we have evaluated your child or teenager, we draw on our expertise to create an appropriate treatment plan if necessary. While medications are one option, we typically recommend a combination of evidence-based treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and individual therapy. We also understand that mood and anxiety disorders don’t just affect a child, but can have an impact on the whole family. That’s why we offer family therapy, and why we include parents in the process, every step of the way.