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Child and Teen Psychiatric Care

You want the best for your child, and when you see them struggle in school or life, it's a challenge.

Look to UC San Diego Health for psychiatric care for children and teens, ages 6 to 17.  We offer a comprehensive care team that includes board-certified pediatric psychiatrists, licensed psychologists and a licensed marriage and family therapist. Together, children and families receive evidence-based treatments for lasting wellness.

Please note: Our services are available through internal referral only and are in high demand at this time. Available appointments may be limited. 

Services for Children and Teens

You find a full range of services to better address your child's needs.

Comprehensive Evaluations

Families receive a detailed psychological, psychiatric and medical assessment that help to ensure your child or teen is accurately diagnosed. An accurate evaluation is a cornerstone of an effective, personalized treatment plan. 


We offer individual, family and group therapy. Family therapy may be appropriate if the focus of treatment is the whole family. Group therapy offers another opportunity to build and practice skills.

Medication management

The decision to medicate a young person can be a difficult one. Look to us to help you weigh the pros and cons of medications.

Treatment of Co-Occurring Medical Conditions

Your child may have more than one medical condition. When this is the case, your child's care plan treats their co-occurring conditions with a whole-person care approach.

Coordination of Care

We can help communicate your child's needs with teachers and medical specialists who may be important to your child's life.

Conditions Treated

  • ADHD and disruptive behaviors impacting performance in school
  • Anxiety, including anxiety-related disorders such obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)
  • Depression
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Family discord
  • Substance use disorders (addiction)
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide

More about our primary care services for children: Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine