Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
The field of psychiatry and behavioral medicine deals with mental health. At Seattle Children’s, our team works to diagnose, treat and prevent problems with emotions and behavior. We see young people up to age 18 – and sometimes longer, if they still need care from experts who treat children.
Our approach in our clinics is to set clear goals for your child and provide short-term treatment using methods that have been shown to help. If your child needs longer-term care, we connect you with people and resources to meet your child’s needs.
Children with complex mental health problems may need to stay in the hospital at times. When this happens, we have an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (IPU) with 20 beds. Our focus in the IPU is to help your child during a mental health crisis. We work to get your child’s behavior stable and to teach your child and family the skills that can help after your child leaves here.