Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN)-is Texas pediatric clinicians’ free and trusted mental health resource. CPAN offers provider-to-provider consultations related to specific patients or general questions, care coordination, and training to pediatric clinicians to assist with identifying and treating mental health issues in their young patients. Click here for more information.

Perinatal Psychiatry Access Network (PeriPAN)-a new pilot expansion of the Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN). PeriPAN is a hotline for clinician-to-clinician consultation for providers serving pregnant women and new mothers experiencing mental health distress, including:

  • Obstetricians
  • Family practitioners
  • Primary Care physicians
  • Pediatricians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Midwives

In 2019, nearly 50,000 Texas women who gave birth suffered from depression. PeriPAN can help providers address maternal mental health conditions like this. Click here for more information.

ADHD-Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in the world and one of the most common disorders of childhood, with a prevalence in school-aged children of around 9 to 15 percent.  It is more common in boys than girls (14% in boys vs 6% in girls), and in 20-25% of cases, it presents with psychiatric comorbidities (e.g. oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety, or depression). A diagnosis is generally made by a clinical interview of parents and kids, but it is preferable to diagnose after information is obtained from multiple settings. If not treated, there is a significant risk in terms of social functioning, school functioning, and occupational functioning. Click here for more information.

Anxiety is a normal response to a threat or psychological stress. Normal anxiety has its roots in fear and serves an important survival function. When someone is faced with a dangerous situation, anxiety triggers the fight-or-flight response. With this response, a variety of physical changes, such as increased blood flow to the heart and muscles, provide the body with the necessary energy and strength to deal with life-threatening situations, such as running from an aggressive animal or fighting off danger. Click here for more information.

Depression-Depressed mood is common among children and adolescents. In some cases, the change in mood is temporary, triggered by stress, trauma, or major life changes. Other times, it becomes more persistent, causing changes in physical and mental functioning that worsen over time. When this is the case, the child or adolescent may be suffering from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), commonly known as depression. Click here for more information.

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