Today’s lifestyles of hectic work, and long hours has taken a toll on not just adults, but also children. Increasing demands for success from parents, peers and society in scholastic performance, coupled with smaller family size has left growing children having to deal with psychological pressures themselves. Working parents, and very little quality family time spent together has further compounded the issue.
Competitive examinations, the desire to succeed in the real world have increased the demands from children right from a young age to excel in school. Psychological problems have always existed in children, but are now being recognized more often due to awareness. Childhood depression, behavioural problems, substance abuse, alcoholism, etc were issues faced by the western world until recently. Rapid economic progress has taken its toll on the young mind. Access to wealth, the internet, media publicity and peer pressure have all resulted in parents reporting psychological problems in children as young as five years old !
Certain disorders which are unique to children, such as Autism and the Autistic spectrum of disorders need a thorough evaluation and proper diagnosis in order to institute treatment.
Evaluation of psychological disorders in children is time consuming, requires enormous patience from the healthcare professionals and others dealing with such patients. Standardized testing is required for analysis and several sittings are required to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Treatment often involves behavioural modification techniques, and very little medication.
At Lotus Children’s Hospital, we have child psychologists well trained in the art and science of evaluation of children with psychological disturbances.
Services Offered :
Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS)
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