Behavioral Health

ABC Pediatrics Fresno -  - Pediatrician

ABC Pediatrics Fresno

Pediatrician located in Fresno, CA

If your child is struggling with behavioral health challenges, you’re not alone. Katayoon Shahinfar, MD, has more than 20 years of experience diagnosing and treating behavioral health conditions at ABC Pediatrics Fresno in Fresno, California. Behavioral health promotes positive mental and emotional health in children and adults. To learn more, call ABC Pediatrics Fresno today.

Behavioral Health Q&A

What is behavioral health?

Behavioral health refers to any evidence-based intervention that promotes positive mental, emotional, and behavioral development in infants and children. The goal of behavioral health is to prevent mental illness, substance abuse, and psychological stress that can negatively influence a child’s behavior.

Not all mental health challenges are possible to avoid, but behavioral health can significantly reduce a child’s risk of developing depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol addiction, and more.

What are the different types of behavioral health disorders?

Behavioral health challenges often develop as the result of an untreated mental health disorder. There are many different types of mental health disorders that can influence behavior. Dr. Shahinfar diagnoses and treats many mental health disorders in children and adolescents, such as:

  • Generalized anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism

Managing the root cause and symptoms of these disorders has many benefits, such as improved self-esteem and behavior and better emotional regulation.

What are the goals of behavioral health?

The primary goals of behavioral health care are to prevent, intervene, and support mental and emotional challenges that can impact your child’s behavior.


Proper behavioral health can help reduce your child’s risk of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. By promoting healthy emotional regulation, behavioral health can also help prevent drug and alcohol addiction later in life.


Early intervention is one of the simplest ways to promote positive social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health. Interventions, such as counseling, therapy, and lifestyle modifications, help uncover and treat the root of many behavioral health challenges.


Dr. Shahinfar uses many evidence-based interventions and tools to support your family as you navigate the complexities of behavioral health disorders.

What are the most common behavioral health tools?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to behavioral health. How Dr. Shahinfar implements your child’s behavioral health plan depends on their unique challenges, as well as the severity of their condition. Some of the most common behavioral health interventions include:

  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Routine
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Educational therapy
  • Counseling
  • Positive reinforcement

Dr. Shahinfar may refer your family to a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist should your child need additional support.

To learn more about behavioral health, call ABC Pediatrics Fresno to schedule an appointment today.