Mental Health Specialist

Marigold Castillo, MD, FAAP -  - Board Certified Pediatrician

MD1CARE - Gold Pediatrics

Marigold Castillo, MD, FAAP

Board Certified Pediatrician; Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine located in Bayside, NY

An estimated 1 in 5 children are affected by mental health issues that influence their behavior and overall development. At MD1CARE - Gold Pediatrics in Bayside, New York, Marigold Castillo, MD, and her compassionate staff can evaluate concerns that may indicate mental health issues. Dr. Castillo’s expertise in diagnosing common childhood issues like anxiety and depression can give you peace of mind and help your child grow healthy and happy. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Castillo by phone or online today to learn more about available pediatric mental health services.

Mental Health Q & A

What are the symptoms of anxiety in children?

Anxiety is a condition that affects many children’s mental, emotional, and physical health. Generally, a child with anxiety will have frequent worries and fears at home or school that won’t go away.

These fears may eventually cause your child to fear being away from you for any amount of time, and they may begin withdrawing from their usual activities.

Children may also show physical symptoms of anxiety, including:

  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Difficulties breathing
  • Dizziness or fainting

Anxiety can also cause frequent mood changes and digestive issues. Some children may have trouble sleeping due to constant fear or worry.

How do I know if my child is depressed?

While all children feel sad from time to time, depression can trigger an extended period where your child feels hopeless and unhappy. You may notice they no longer enjoy their hobbies or social activities. They may also show signs like:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Disruption of quality sleep

In some children, depression can trigger urges to self-harm or episodes of anger directed at friends and family members. Children with ongoing depression may talk about suicide or exhibit extreme changes in behavior both at home and school.

Addictions to alcohol or drugs can also be the result of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions in children.

What treatments are available for children with mental health issues?

Dr. Castillo treats children with mental health disorders using a customized plan based on their symptoms, age, and medical history. Her treatment goal is to improve their quality of life, and she can recommend specialized services, including inpatient and outpatient therapy. Dr. Castillo can work closely with other health care personnel to ensure your child receives the highest level of care.

In some children with anxiety or depression issues, Dr. Castillo may recommend talk therapy in combination with medications. She creates a treatment plan focusing on both short- and long-term goals that address the root cause of the disorder.

If your child develops an addiction to drugs, alcohol, or other unhealthy lifestyle habits, Dr. Castillo can also offer resources to get your child healthy again, both mentally and physically.

Learn more about helping your child thrive in spite of a mental health disorder by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Castillo at MD1CARE online or by phone today.