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Selected as one of Seattle’s Top Docs, Seattle Magazine 2010, 2011

and Seattle Met Magazine 2012

 

The Practice

Dr. Kwon specializes in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric and developmental disorders of childhood and adolescence.
Such conditions include:
  • Anxiety
  • Autism / Asperger disorder 
  • ADHD / ADD 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Depression
  • Developmental delay
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Psychosis / Schizophrenia
  • Tic disorders / Tourette’s disorder

Symptoms commonly seen in childhood psychiatric and developmental disorders include:

  • depressed mood 
  • anxiety 
  • irritability 
  • mood fluctuations 
  • euphoria 
  • withdrawal 
  • academic difficulties
  • social impairment
  • oppositionality, defiance, and problems with conduct
  • agitation / aggression
  • self-injurious behaviors
  • hallucinations or delusions

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Kwon’s philosophy of psychiatric care consists of three primary components of treatment:

I. Empathy – The foundation for psychiatric care is the process of establishing an empathic connection with the patient and patient’s family. Treatment must proceed with the explicit intent of having all parties heard and understood, along with respect for varying perspectives on assessment of symptoms and treatment.

II. Investigation — This component involves a thorough examination of clinical concerns, including possibilities of causes of symptoms, looking at biologically-based factors, environmental factors, and interactions between such factors. The examination of the patient is performed based upon up-to-date knowledge of the psychiatric literature, input from other sources of clinical information (e.g., teachers and therapists), and expert review of prior evaluations and courses of treatment.

III. Action — Although psychiatric care is not possible without a relationship rooted in empathy, such a relationship is of limited use if meaningful actions are not pursued to deal with identified problems. Dr. Kwon’s assessments and treatments of psychiatric conditions take into account the specific, developmentally sensitive needs of children with these conditions. Dr. Kwon believes in a multimodal approach to addressing the needs of his patients and their families. As such, he places a great deal of importance upon considering all methods of therapy that have been shown, through research or empirically, to be helpful.