The Children's Mental Health Clinic

The Children’s Mental Health Clinic is a specialist clinic for pre-primary and primary school aged-children who are experiencing difficulties with their emotional and/or behavioural well-being. The CMHC offers parents the opportunity of getting their child seen in a timely and convenient way. Adolescents are also seen in the clinic for ADHD assessments.

Children commonly experience challenges in relation to their school or home-life. For many this can just be a passing phase. If, however, you feel that your child’s difficulties are persisting and causing ongoing concern, it is worth considering an assessment in the CMHC. Similarly, given the large portion of the day that children spend in school, a teacher may notice challenges for your child in social and/or academic spheres. If such concerns arise, again, an assessment may be helpful as it can frequently help to identify underlying causes for your child’s difficulty; and when causes are identified, solutions can be found to allow your child to progress in line with their potential.

Dr Blánaid Gavin MB, M.Sc. (CBT), MRCPsych is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with a wealth of experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of young children and offers a caring, nurturing approach to each child and family’s needs.

Some of the the commonest difficulties which arise in primary school-aged children and may benefit from assessment include:

  • Anxiety
  • Attention and Concentration Difficulties
  • Behaviour Difficulties
  • Mood dysregulation including depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Tics
  • Social communication challenges which may include Autistic Spectrum Disorders

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