Is it Anxiety or Depression? Looking at the Root Cause and Strategies to Support the Brain and Mental Health of Children and Teens

Date & Time

Monday, December 06

5:30pm - 6:30pm



Join us for a presentation and dialogue, with Dr. Rishi Sood, MD, ABPN, on approaches to support children and teens who may be experiencing anxiety and depression. We will address how our changing world may impact social and education engagement and learning. Clinical staff from Amen Clinics will provide guidance on what to look for and reveal strategies for educators, parents, and practitioners to be equipped for crucial conversations when someone is experiencing challenges. From a pediatric and psychiatry lens, we will reveal how biomedical issues may impact brain health and reduce the stigma of mental health. We will look at the root cause of these conditions to differentiate between anxiety and depression with options for care and treatment. Educational visual aids and resources will be shared in this program.


Rishi Sood, MD, ABPN, Associate Medical Director. Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Pediatrician – Amen Clinics

Dr. Rishi Sood and has worked at the Amen Clinics New York since 2014 and serves as an Associate Medical Director where his current focus involves improving patient outcomes and retention within our system of care. Prior to joining Amen Clinics, Dr. Sood trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan from 2009-2014, where he served as Chief Resident of the Triple Board Residency and Fellowship Program. He is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In addition to his background in Psychiatry, he is a Board Certified Pediatrician and is Medical Director of the Conscious Sedation Program at Amen Clinics New York. Dr. Sood values working with adults and children across all age ranges. He is experienced in mood and anxiety disorders, addiction, ADD/ADHD, impulsive/disruptive behavior disorders, Autism Spectrum, psychotic disorders, OCD, and PTSD. He uses dynamic as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, family psychotherapy and works to integrate pharmacotherapy and alternative therapies to optimize brain health and function. Dr. Sood sees each client as unique individuals in how biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors contribute to their underlying presentation. Behavioral change is a process and Dr. Sood incorporates a motivational interviewing approach into evaluations to support client and meet them where they are at, offering client-centered care. He firmly believes that clients do well with continued support in their journey towards optimal brain health. Depending on a client’s needs, he is open to accepting clients for ongoing care and utilizes telemedicine when deemed appropriate.


Donna Lalwani, MS, MPA Clinical Outreach – Amen Clinics New York / Northeast

Donna Lalwani currently serves in alongside a committed team of physician experts with a passion for brain health research, diagnosis and treatment. She provides clinical education and supports referral care with professionals who treat clients experiencing a broad spectrum of brain and mental health conditions. These include but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, ADD/ADHD, concussion and traumatic brain injury, brain fog, cognitive and memory issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavioral issues, learning disabilities, substance use and addiction. She has is a Certified Brain Health Coach. For over 18 years, Donna has worked with clients, families and clinicians in clinic, hospital, research and education settings providing clinical case management, training & development, program operations. Donna has a Master’s degree from Bank Street Graduate School focusing on program development for education, clinical and therapeutic arts. She received her Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University in healthcare management & policy, with particular interest in social work, reducing healthcare disparities and expanding access to care.

Event Location


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