Childhood Mental Health

Intense emotions naturally occur at some time in the lives of most people; mental disorders, however, are different. The symptoms that result may be extreme and prolonged. They can affect a child’s actions, feelings, thoughts and day-to-day activities, like attending school, eating, and/or sleeping. The same mental health conditions that afflict adults may have different symptoms when occurring in teens or children. Therefore, the warning signs should be known and help sought if necessary.

Signs A Child or Teen is in Need Of Help


A common question is will my child grow out of this? While some problems are short-lived and may not require treatment, others are ongoing and cause for concern. If you are worried about your child’s mental health, seek treatment. Through cognitive behavioral therapy, a child may learn why his/her symptoms occur and how to cope with them in a healthy, non-destructive way. Children can learn to challenge distorted thinking patterns and develop better coping and problem-solving skills.

Dr. Racine also specializes in Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE).  SPACE is a parent-based treatment program for child and adolescent anxiety. Dr. Racine can guide you through this structured treatment model to alleviate your child’s anxiety solely by changing the way you respond to your child’s symptoms. This approach does not impose changes on the child’s behavior. Childhood anxiety is treatable. The earlier you start the better and the faster you gain results.

If you are unsure of whether you or a loved one may benefit from therapy, contact Dr. Racine for a free consultation.