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At Boston Children’s Hospital, we know how difficult it is for everyone in the family when a child is diagnosed with a mental health condition. We are always available to offer a second opinion for your child and to set up a consultation with one of our specialists. Please call us at 617-355-6688 if you would like a second opinion on a diagnosis, or possible diagnosis, of:

So that we can make the most accurate assessment possible, please be sure to have a full summary of your child’s initial diagnosis on hand. In addition, please gather as much of the following information as you can before calling us or coming to your first appointment:

  • the name of the doctor you will be seeing

  • the name and floor of the Boston Children’s building you will be visiting

  • the name and telephone number of your referring physician

  • your insurance card(s) and the information for the behavioral health services plan covering your child (please note that this is usually a different plan than the plan covering medical services) and your child’s subscriber identification number

  • co-payment for your insurance, if applicable

  • referrals or authorizations from your child's primary care doctor's office, if applicable

  • all relevant medical, school and personal records, such as school counselor notes, pertaining to your child’s condition

  • a list of your child's medications

  • a list of questions you have for the doctor and staff (if appropriate for your child's situation and maturity, you may want to have him or her come up with questions that he or she is curious about)

  • your child's and your Social Security numbers (for insurance purposes)

  • any forms mailed to you by the Psychosocial Treatment Clinic

  • books, games, snacks, formula, diapers, a change of baby clothes or other necessities

Learn the facts about childhood depression

Read through Boston Children's depression information sheet for answers to FAQ from parents and other caregivers. (Adobe Acrobat is required to view and download the document.)

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