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When a child or adolescent is in the hospital, the initial signs of psychological distress can be difficult to pinpoint—or to differentiate from the pain and exhaustion accompanying a serious medical illness. At the same time, parents and other family members may be so focused on the child's hospitalization and day-to-day medical needs that they overlook their own anxiety, depression and frustration.
The Psychiatry Consultation Service recognizes how difficult the hospitalization experience can be for children and families. Our service:
supports hospitalized children who are experiencing psychological and behavioral challenges related to their medical illness
also supports the families of hospitalized patients
helps children come to terms with both newly diagnosed and chronic illnesses
prepares patients and families for medical and surgical procedures, including the use of anesthesia and needles
helps siblings and other members of the family gain an understanding of the hospitalized child’s situation and deal with their own feelings
Our goal is to help the hospitalized child, parents and siblings face the illness and hospitalization with important coping skills for understanding, accepting and discussing their feelings—and for returning the family to as much of a sense of “normal” as is possible.
Boston Children's Department of Psychiatry is recognized worldwide for its advances in child and adolescent mental health research. Researchers on our Psychiatry Consultation Service team are engaged in several significant projects in the areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Learn more about our team members and their latest research projects:
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