Psychiatric Support for Adolescents Transitioning to Adulthood

Children develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally at different ages and rates. Although there are milestones to watch for, there is no hard and fast timeline for normal growth and maturation.

To provide care to the college and transitional youth segment (ages 16-25), the UH Department of Psychiatry has created a specialized service to help those who are facing adult-like challenges but haven’t yet acquired the tools or cognitive maturity needed to function successfully as an adult.

Some critical developmental steps occur during these transitional years—reflecting an evolving brain—including separation and individuation, and pre-existing mental health and substance use issues. We can help parents with children who suffer from a variety of psychiatric conditions—ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder—as they transition from childhood to adulthood.

Our team of experts perform thorough evaluations of transitional youth and develop customized care plans that can help them successfully make the transition from high school to college or toward independent living.