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As one of the largest pediatric psychiatric services in New England, our team at Boston Children's Hospital is made up of expert psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers ready to help your child and family cope with a phobia.
How are phobias treated at Children's?
At Children's, we typically treat phobias with:
Psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” is designed to help the child learn new ways of controlling his fear, anxiety and panic attacks if and when they occur. A Children's clinician teaches your child to address his phobia (and the feelings it causes) by using such techniques as:
If your child's phobia doesn't adequately respond to therapy, your clinician may add an anti-anxiety medication to her treatment plan. These medications can be very beneficial in helping your child feel more relaxed while working on problem-solving and coping skills in therapy.
Medication is never a “standalone” treatment here at Children's; we consider it part of a two-prong approach, with psychotherapy as a necessary component. Our Psychopharmacology Clinic is devoted to helping children, families and clinicians decide whether medication might be a useful part of treatment.
Occasionally prescribed anti-anxiety medications include:
Less commonly prescribed medications that can also treat fear and anxiety include:
For persistent problems with anxiety treatment, an anti-anxiety/antidepressant drug may be recommended. These medications include:
Learn more about psychiatric medications.
The ups and downs experienced by a child—and family—living with a phobia can feel overwhelming. In addition to the information provided here, you may find comfort and support from the following resources:
Patient and family resources at Children's
Children's Center for Families is dedicated to helping families locate the information and resources they need to better understand their child's particular condition and take part in their care. All patients, families and health professionals are welcome to use the Center's services at no extra cost. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call 617-355-6279 for more information.
The Advocating Success for Kids (ASK) Program at Children's provides multidisciplinary evaluation, referral and advocacy services for children under age 14 with behavioral, emotional, learning or developmental problems, either at home or at school. ASK works with children who receive their primary care either at Boston's Bowdoin Street Community Health Center, Martha Eliot Health Center or Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center or at Children's Primary Care Center. For more information about ASK, please call 617-355-4690.
The Experience Journal was designed by Children's psychiatrist-in-chief David DeMaso, MD and members of his team. This online collection features thoughts, reflections and advice from kids and caregivers dealing not only with physical illnesses like asthma and diabetes, but also with such mental health conditions as ADHD and depression.
Children's Integrative Therapies Team provides a number of services for hospitalized children, their families and their caregivers, including:
Why are my friendships changing? How can I convince my parents that being a vegetarian is heathy and right for me? What types of birth control are available to me, and how do I use them? Young men and young women may have some concerns specific to their gender, and some that they share. At Children's, the Center for Young Women's Health and Young Men's Health Site offer the latest general and gender-specific information about issues including fitness and nutrition, sexuality and health, health and development and emotional health.
Please note that neither Boston Children's Hospital nor the Children's Department of Psychiatry unreservedly endorses all of the information found at the sites listed below. These links are provided as a resource.
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We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”