Behavioral & Mental Health

More than 14 million children and adolescents in the United States, or 1 in 5, have a diagnosable mental health disorder that requires intervention or monitoring and interferes with daily functioning. Our pediatricians have extensive experience evaluating and treating patients who are dealing with these issues.

Behavioral Concerns

Many parents wonder at one point or another: Is this behavior normal or something to be more concerned about? We can help provide guidance about what is within the realm of normal development, and what behaviors warrant more concern or evaluation. From meeting developmental milestones to navigating social relationships, our physicians are a trusted resource for your family as questions arise.

CDC Milestone Tracker app

CDC Positive Parenting


Our physicians regularly screen and evaluate patients for depression and anxiety. We will refer patients to counseling services when needed and handle medication management as well. Most children and adolescents who deal with depression or anxiety will benefit from seeing a therapist, and we have a wide referral network of psychologists in the Twin Cities. We work closely to provide referral to psychiatry for patients who need a higher level of care. Southdale Pediatrics also has a dedicated team of care coordinators who are here to help.

It is our clinic policy that all patients on medication for anxiety or depression are seen in clinic at least every six months.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Ask your pediatrician if you have concerns about symptoms of inattention or hyperactivity in your child. Depending on the age of your child and symptoms they are displaying, your pediatrician may recommend evaluation in our office or referral to a neuropsychologist for further testing. Our physicians are experienced with medication management and behavioral techniques to help manage symptoms.

It is our clinic policy that all patients on medication for ADHD are seen in clinic at least every six months for medication checks.

Additional Resources


GAD-7 anxiety scale

CHADD (Children and Adolescents with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

CDC Mental Health