Working together to help children and families achieve healthy development
Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston. For more than 50 years, we have tended to the mental health care of children, adolescents and their families by caring for patients and advocating on their behalf.
Our experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses understand the wide-reaching impact of a behavioral disorder, emotional problem or psychiatric disease, and we will give your child and family all of the tools you need to manage your unique situation. Depending on your family’s needs, we’ll see your child individually or with your family, in or outside of the hospital setting.
We’re known around the world for our strengths in patient care and scientific research, and we also take pride in our public advocacy. We are dedicated to erasing the stigma of mental illness by educating families, raising community awareness and increasing access to critical support services.
If your child has been diagnosed with a mental health issue requiring professional intervention, we are here to help. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us.
Children’s takes multifaceted approach in support of childhood mental health
The passage of 2008’s landmark Act Relative to Children’s Mental Health was a significant step forward in addressing the unmet needs of an estimated 100,000 children who do not receive the mental health care they need. There’s still a lot of work to do, including improving the coordination of care between mental health professionals and families, teachers, pediatric providers and other adults who regularly interact with at-risk children.
Conditions & Treatments
- Adjustment disorders
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Brain anatomy
- Cerebral palsy
- Coping with frightening events
- Eating disorders
- Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Head/brain injury
- Major depression
- Oppositional defiant disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
- Sturge-Weber syndrome
- At-risk youth
- Binge eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue
- Fragile X syndrome
- Grief and bereavement
- Lead poisoning
- Lying and stealing
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Psychological complications of chronic illness
- Self-induced vomiting
- Spina bifida (Myelodysplasia)
- Substance abuse and chemical dependence
- Tourette's Disorder