CONDITIONS WE TREAT

Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.

We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.

Child Physical, Psychological Abuse

Child abuse is more than just physical abuse. Child abuse can take on many forms, including emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. More importantly, regardless of the form it takes, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the higher number of adverse childhood experiences, the greater risk for long-term negative impacts. Adverse childhood experiences include negative life experiences such as witnessing abuse in the home, having a parent be arrested, or going through a divorce. Children with an increasingly high number of adverse childhood experiences are more at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, alcoholism, depression, lower health related quality of life, ischemic heart disease, financial stress, partner violence, sexually transmitted disease, smoking, poor academic achievement, and even shorter life expectancy. Mental health is also significantly impacted. In 21-year-old adults who reported childhood abuse; 80% also met criteria for at least one psychological disorder (Silverman et al., 1996). Early intervention is critical to help build resiliency and prevent the negative life outcomes. For children of abuse who have experienced significant trauma; treatments such as EMDR and trauma-focused CBT can be helpful. One study found that children who received EMDR treatment had decreases in depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms (Chen et al., 2018). At Serin Center we can assess the best integrative care plan based on each child’s situation.

Silverman, A. B., Reinherz, H. Z., Giaconia, R. (1996). The long-term sequelae of child and adolescent abuse: A longitudinal community study. Child Abuse & Neglect, 8, 709-723.

Chen, R., Gillespie, A., Zhao, Y., Xi, Y., Ren, Y., & McLean, L. (2018). The efficacy of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing in children and adults who have experienced complex childhood trauma: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 534. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00534

What We Don’t Treat

We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.

ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)

Source: National Resource Center on ADHD

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