Adolescent and Pediatric Psychiatry

Adolescent and Pediatric Psychiatry

We at Bayside Pediatrics recognize that parents are usually the first to notice that their child is struggling with emotions or behavior and the decision to seek psychiatric help can be difficult. Pediatricians are the first line of defense for child/adolescent mental health issues. However, many children need the expertise of an experienced child/adolescent psychiatrist. As pediatricians, we are often asked to give the same amount of time to a simple ear infection as to a complicated behavioral concern.

Bayside Pediatrics offers a co-location of psychiatry services to allow for a soft hand off of a patient who is in need of specialized mental health services.

Dr. Labellarte has extensive experience in the medical and psychiatric community. He is sought out within the physician community for his extensive knowledge of psychopharmacological safety and efficacy of medication. Dr. Labellarte is an expert in specific disorders that appear during childhood, including anxiety disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, learning disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette’s disorder, and behavioral problems. He has experience working with therapists, schools, and the court system in order to generate the correct treatment plans for each individual patient.

For Adolescent and Pediatric Psychiatry appointments, Dr. Labellarte does NOT participate with ANY insurance.

Anne Arundel ADD

Anne Arundel ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder in adults is an often undiagnosed condition. If you had trouble with attention as a child and perhaps took Ritalin or other stimulant medications in childhood, you may still be suffering from this disorder.

Adult patients with ADD often have a history of low self-esteem, failure at work and relationship problems. They are often irritable and described as having a “short fuse” by family members. They can suffer from intimacy issues since they are not able to consistently remain “present” in situations involving family and friends. Patients may have undergone years of therapy and multiple medications that do nothing to address their feelings of anxiety and depression. The most effective therapeutic regimen – talk therapy – seldom helps them resolve their feelings.

Many times, the diagnosis of ADD in a child is what leads the person to begin to think of themselves as having the syndrome.

In 17 years of diagnosing and treating children and adolescents with attention deficit disorder as part of his general pediatric practice, Dr. Escobosa has gained therapeutic skills that can be easily translated to the care of adults with the syndrome.

Behavioral/Developmental Health

Behavioral/Developmental Health

Pediatricians encounter a broad range of emotional, developmental and behavioral problems on a daily basis. At Bayside Pediatrics we are especially tuned into the mental health needs of the children, adolescents, and families that we care for, and try to address concerns as they arise. We see our role in identifying, treating and referring children to the appropriate resources as critical to providing excellent pediatric care.

Many behavioral issues can be best understood in the context of the child’s developmental level, and while the symptoms may be serious enough to disrupt your family’s life, they may not be serious enough to warrant a diagnosis of a specific emotional disorder. We are able to help sort out which problems need more intense interventions and can help link you to the appropriate resources in the community.

There are clear benefits to the early identification and initiation of interventions for a wide variety of childhood mental health issues. Since, as your pediatrician, we are closely involved in your child’s life across the years, we have a unique opportunity to address early the problems that, if unresolved, can lead to significant mental health problems later in life. If you call for an appointment to address specific behavioral or developmental concerns we can schedule a visit that gives us sufficient time to adequately discuss your concerns.