Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

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Caring for Traumatized Children

A Q&A with Dr. Ben Danielson, Mark Fadool and Dr. Nat Jungblut

The majority of children will experience a potentially traumatic event during childhood, but only some of them will develop clinically significant distress.

Identifying and supporting children who have been negatively affected by trauma is crucial to their emotional and physical health.

Primary care providers have a unique opportunity to recognize families experiencing post-traumatic stress and offer them support. We’ve brought together three experts to help: Dr. Ben Danielson, senior medical director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC); Mark Fadool, clinical director of Mental Health Services at OBCC; and Dr. Nat Jungbluth, a clinical psychologist working on a Washington state-funded pilot program to offer behavioral health services to youth and families in the Tri-Cities.

How does trauma affect a child’s health?

Dr. Danielson: The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, published in 1998, recognized a direct correlation between 10 stressful experiences – termed Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – and health outcomes. These experiences include: physical, verbal or sexual abuse; substance abuse by family members; parent separation or divorce; witnessing domestic violence; depression in a family; and a family member in prison, among others.

The study demonstrated that the more ACEs a person experiences during childhood, the more severe and the more frequent illnesses they are likely to suffer as a child and into adulthood.
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New Online Information for Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Referrals

Seattle Children’s has increased transparency about our access, scheduling and communication process for Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine by launching a new online resource “How to Get Services.”

Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine requires a provider referral to see new patients. If families receive a referral from a provider, we will let the provider know if we have an opening or not. If we do, we will contact the family to schedule.

We are sorry that, at this time, many of our clinics do not have openings for new patients. However, we may have openings in research studies. Families who would like to participate in a research study, should call (206) 987-2164 and press 2. Read full post »