Child And Adolescent Psychiatry

Ocean View Neuropsychiatry

Child Psychiatrists located in Laguna Beach, CA & Irvine, CA

Watching your child struggle with emotional issues or a psychiatric disease may leave you feeling hopeless and afraid. At Ocean View Neuropsychiatry’s two locations in Laguna Beach and Irvine, California, board-certified physicians Ashraf Elmashat, MD, and Mohamed Yaser Elatrozy, MD, offer comprehensive services to ensure your child receives the right diagnosis. The compassionate physicians treat a variety of conditions, including ADHD, anxiety disorders, and unexplained mood changes, working closely with you and your child every step of the way. To learn more about child and adolescent psychiatry, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Q & A

What child and adolescent psychiatry services are available?

There are a number of mental, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect the physical health and development of your young child or teen. Dr. Elmashat and Dr. Elatrozy offer services to diagnose and treat common conditions like:

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Behavioral problems
  • Unexplained mood changes
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

The experienced physicians can also address other mental health issues that interfere with your child’s quality of life.

What can I expect during my child’s first psychiatric consultation?

During your child’s initial appointment, Dr. Elmashat and Dr. Elatrozy carefully review your child’s medical history to identify potential underlying health issues that may affect their behavior. You can also expect to discuss your child’s family history of mental health or physical health issues, as well as aspects of your family’s lifestyle and functionality.

Dr. Elatrozy and Dr. Elmashat evaluate your child’s current state through open and compassionate conversation. To get a clear picture of your child’s health, the providers may recommend additional psychological testing and blood work.

What child and adolescent psychiatry treatment options are available?

Once Dr. Elmashat and Dr. Elatrozy understand your child’s diagnosis, they create a custom treatment plan to address your child’s specific needs. If, during their diagnosis, the physicians discover an underlying medical condition that triggers mental or behavioral health issues, Dr. Elmashat and Dr. Elatrozy can refer your child to your family doctor or a specialist for additional treatment.

For conditions like depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Dr. Elmashat, and Dr. Elatrozy may recommend a combination of talk therapy and medications to alleviate symptoms.

Dr. Elmashat and Dr. Elatrozy also schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your child’s medication therapy and evaluate their overall health and progress of treatment. In some cases, it may take several tries with different medications and dosages to achieve desired results.

Because mental health and behavioral issues in children impact the whole family, Dr. Elmashat and Dr. Elatrozy may suggest group therapy sessions with all members of your immediate family. They can also coordinate additional care and services at school, at home, and with non-family caregivers to ensure your child has the proper support and care they need to heal and thrive.

Learn more about child and adolescent psychiatry services today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking feature.