Not many people can say they’ve known what they wanted to do for a living since the tender age of 5, but Dr. Stephen Cosby remembers the moment vividly after receiving a toy doctor’s kit from a relative. “I would go around giving pretend shots and dispensing pretend pills to my family,” he said. As […]
While it takes more than the blink of an eye or a nervous twitch, in the right combinations, these simple movements could indicate that a child has a tic disorder. In this Children’s Channel video, Katrina Lindsay, PhD, NCSP, a pediatric psychologist at the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center at Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses the diagnosis and […]
Some degree of anxiety is healthy and normal for children and adults alike. Anxiety can help motivate us to prepare for an exam or keep us on guard in potentially dangerous situations. It becomes a problem when the fears are unrealistic or irrational and cause a high level of distress that interferes with daily life.
Whether they’re worried about starting a new school or making the team, kids of every age experience varying degrees of stress.
Just like their peers nationwide, the pediatric psychiatrists at Akron Children’s Hospital are watching closely to see how the changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, will play out.