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Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry, Pediatric Psychiatry
400 E Burwell Street
Salem, VA

Dr. Himanshu Patel's areas of specialization are addiction psychiatry and pediatric psychiatry. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks Hindi. He attended medical school at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Patel trained at a hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine for residency. Dr. Patel's average patient rating is 1.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chairman of Performance Improvemnet Committee, Lewis Gale Center for Behavioral Health and Medical Staff Officer-secretary/treasurer, Lewis Gale Center for Behavioral Health.

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Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
1914 Braeburn Drive
Salem, VA

Dr. Richard Leggett's specialties are pediatric psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. He practices in Salem, VA. He attended medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Leggett completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Carolina. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Leggett honors Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He has received professional recognition including the following: Board Certification in Forensic Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with LewisGale Medical Center.

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Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry
3517 Brandon Avenue
Roanoke, VA

Dr. Fahim Fahim is a pediatric psychiatry specialist in Roanoke, VA and Rocky Mount, VA. He accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. Dr. Fahim graduated from Sindh Medical College. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Resident of year Award, American Psychiatric Association and Outstanding Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, Carilion Clinic. Dr. Fahim (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. He is professionally affiliated with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital (CRMH).

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What is Pediatric Psychiatry?

Growing up isn’t easy for anyone, but when kids need serious help handling issues in their lives, they may be referred to a pediatric psychiatrist. A pediatric psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating children’s and teen’s problematic feelings, thoughts, or behavior.

Why should caregivers seek out a pediatric psychiatrist as opposed to a general psychiatrist? Problems can have different symptoms in children than they do in adults, and certain issues (such as ADHD) are more common in children. Children also communicate differently than adults do, especially when it comes to difficult thoughts and feelings. It is important to seek appropriate treatment for kids with a mental illness, because their brains are still developing. Issues that cause significant anxiety, numbness, or poor coping skills in childhood could affect a child’s growth into a mentally and emotionally healthy adult. A good pediatric psychiatrist understands the kinds of issues likely to face young patients, can communicate well with children, and understands how kids fit within the context of their families and school life.

Some of the issues that may be treated by a pediatric psychiatrist include:
  • Mood disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Learning disabilities
  • Substance abuse
  • Sexual, physical, or emotional abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Conduct disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Trauma and loss

Treatment varies and depends on the child and the diagnosis. Talk therapy, either individual, group, or family, is commonly used for many disorders. If needed, intervention and support may be planned via the child’s school, community, or social services. Some psychiatric illnesses benefit from treatment with medication, which a psychiatrist can prescribe.

When children and teens face unusually difficult problems, pediatric psychiatrists can offer a safe resource to help them manage their thoughts and feelings.
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