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Mental Health & Behavioral Disorders

Discover the procedures and treatments we provide at Children's National Hospital. Providers at Children's National work with you and your family to decide on the best care plan for your child. Learn more about the Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that is defined by difficulties with social communication and interaction skills, and repetitive behaviors. Learn more about this condition.

Eating Disorders

The term eating disorders refers to a variety of conditions that involve abnormal eating behaviors. Learn more about two of the most common eating disorders in children, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a serious mental health problem in which a child has a lot of worry and fear that seems to have no real cause. Learn more about this condition.

Learning Disorders

A learning disorder is when a child has trouble learning in certain school subjects. Learn more about this condition.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) includes thoughts and obsessions (impulses or images) that occur over and over, and that cause a child or teen to feel a great deal of distress.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is diagnosed when a child has recurring panic attacks and ongoing concern about having more attacks for longer than one month. Learn more about this condition.


PANS and PANDAS are diagnoses that often include the sudden onset of obsessive compulsive disorder or eating restrictions and symptoms from at least two of seven categories. Learn more about this condition.

Persistent Depressive Disorder

Persistent depressive disorder is a type of depression in which a child has a low, sad, or irritable mood for at least 1 year. Learn more about this condition.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the ongoing reaction and stress following exposure to a traumatic event. Learn more about this condition.