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Psychiatric Services Specialist

All Ages Pediatrics PC

Pediatrician & Physician - Primary Care located in Ottumwa, IA

Mental health conditions in children may affect their emotional, social, and physical well-being. Getting a diagnosis and treatment plan is essential for improving their overall health and wellness. Experienced pediatrician Eric Dodson, DO, at All Ages Pediatrics PC in Ottumwa, Iowa, offers psychiatric services for his young patients. Services include diagnosing and treating conditions like depression, anxiety, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). To learn more about psychiatric services at All Ages Pediatrics PC, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Psychiatric Services Q & A

What are psychiatric services?

Many children experience emotional difficulties that affect how they feel, behave, and learn. When left untreated, these emotional difficulties may lead to more serious mental health conditions that they carry into adulthood.

Dedicated to providing comprehensive pediatric care, All Ages Pediatrics PC offers psychiatric services to diagnose and treat emotional difficulties and mental health conditions. Providing care early on may prevent long-term problems that interfere with learning and socialization. 

What conditions benefit from psychiatric services?

All Ages Pediatrics PC provides psychiatric services for common mental health conditions that affect children. 


Depression is a mood disorder that causes ongoing feelings of sadness and hopelessness. Though it’s not uncommon for children to feel sad from time to time, with depression these feelings persist. 

Your child may also seem more irritable, angry, and withdrawn when they are depressed.


Children with anxiety experience ongoing fear and nervousness that may interfere with daily routines, such as going to school or participating in social activities. Types of anxiety include separation anxiety, phobias, and social anxiety.

Children and teens with anxiety may also develop panic attacks. During a panic attack, your child may have a sudden intense fear that causes physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and sweating. 


ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects how a child learns and behaves. Children with ADHD may have a hard time paying attention or struggle sitting still in class all day.

ADHD is a chronic condition that may benefit from prescription medication, behavioral therapy, and an independent education plan (IEP). 

What can I expect from psychiatric services for my child?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you bring your child in for psychiatric services at All Ages Pediatrics PC. During the evaluation, Dr. Dodson asks detailed questions about your concerns and your child’s symptoms.

He performs a physical exam and may conduct psychiatric testing to assess your child’s emotional, mental, and cognitive well-being.

After your child’s evaluation, Dr. Dodson spends time talking to you about his findings and what it means for you and your child. He also reviews your treatment options and helps you develop a plan that fits you and your child’s needs. 

Regular follow-up appointments may be needed to monitor your child’s mental wellness and adjust the treatment plan as needed. 

To schedule a psychiatric services consultation for your child at All Ages Pediatrics PC, call the office or book online today.