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Mental Health & Behavioral Disorders

Discover the procedures and treatments we provide at Children's National Hospital. Providers at Children's National work with you and your family to decide on the best care plan for your child. Learn more about the Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine.


Schizophrenia is one of the most complex mental health disorders. It is a severe, chronic, and disabling disturbance of the brain that causes distorted thinking, strange feelings, unusual behavior, and use of language and words. 

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD) includes extreme anxiety (fear and nervousness) concerning separation from parents or loved ones. 

Specific Phobias

A phobia is an excessive fear of an object or situation that lasts for at least six months. Learn more about this condition.

Social Phobia

Social phobia is an intense fear of performing in front of people or other social situations where the child or teen feels embarrassed, humiliated, or the focus of more attention than he or she wants. Learn more about this condition.