Psychologist on mental health treatment for young people: Get the ball rolling

  • Keira McGuire/WITF

Mental health conditions among young people are common, but mental health professionals to treat them are not.

Dr. James Waxmonsky, the Division Chief of Child Psychology at Penn State Health, says if you want your child to see a child psychiatrist, you may have to wait.

“Where a lot of families get hung up, and understandably so, is they try to navigate a system to get to the expert thinking that’s the only people who treat behavioral or mental health problems and kids and teenagers. And that’s not true.”

Waxmonsky recommends starting with your child’s primary care doctor or school mental health professional instead of waiting to see a specialist.

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