Behavioral Health Center

Growing up in today's world is hard and many children or teens may go through life experiences that cause them to feel anxious, depressed or even suicidal. As a parent or a caregiver, it can be hard to know when to ask for help. The Behavioral Health Center brings all services together in an expanded space that will provide a talented, dedicated team of caregivers, physicians and professionals with the facilities, resources, tools and programs they need to ensure that these most vulnerable children receive the high quality treatment they need and deserve. Click to learn more.

Psychology/Psychiatry

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October
17,
2018
The Promise to improve the health of every child in our region extends past the medical walls of Cook Children’s Medical Center. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, experts from Cook Children’s gathered at the Regional Child Health Summit to look at 2018 data
October
03,
2018
I know a lot of you are putting on your favorite pink shirt to watch Mean Girls for the umpteenth time. After all, this is a modern classic. So much so that October 3 has become #MeanGirlsDay. From Heathers to Mean Girls, these ‘rites of
August
17,
2018
You’re holding your child’s hand on your way to the first day of school. The squeeze on your hand is tighter than usual. Then suddenly your little one sees a friend, smiles, releases your grip and you watch them run to school together without a care
June
11,
2018
Because we are part of the Cook Children's Health System, we are also uniquely positioned to care for those children coping with mental health as well as chronic physical conditions or diagnoses. Click here to learn more about our Behavioral
May
17,
2018
The number of children showing up in emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and attempts is on the rise, especially during the school year. According to a new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids ages 5 to 17 were
April
06,
2018
Today’s students have greater demands than ever before, with homework and a greater emphasis on scoring high on standardized tests like the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). Parents can help by making sure that children
February
15,
2018
So here we are again. Another school shooting. As adults, we are the ones kids look to for comfort. The ones they depend on to be strong. How many adults are feeling just a bit weak or overwhelmed with the news of yet another shooting? I’ll admit I
February
12,
2018
Former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny Manziel has gone public with his recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder in hopes of explaining his behavior that helped him lose his job as an NFL quarterback. “At the end of the day, I can’t help that
December
21,
2017
The holidays are a magical time for children. But what happens when your kids stop believing in the magic, especially in the jolly old man in the red suit? Lena Zettler, MA, LPA, director of Psychology at Cook Children’s Medical Center, said that
October
20,
2017
As has been shown in the Cook Children’s NICU, skin-to-skin contact helps preemies thrive and develop. However, that need for touch and interaction doesn’t end when we move past infancy or even toddlerhood. The need for closeness, kindness and
October
10,
2017
Lisa Elliott, a licensed psychologist and clinic manager of Cook Children’s Psychology Department in Denton, has heard multiple reasons/explanations/excuses from parents as to why they have not sought mental health help for their child. Some of the