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Pediatric Specific Phobias

Key points about phobias in children

  • A phobia is an excessive fear of an object or situation. It lasts for at least six months.
  • Common phobias are a fear of animals, insects, blood, heights or flying.
  • Some things that may put a child at risk for a phobia include shyness, a traumatic event in early childhood or mental health issues in family members.
  • Symptoms include increased heart rate, sweating, shaking, a feeling of choking and upset stomach.
  • A mental health provider can diagnose a phobia.
  • Treatment may include therapy and medicines.
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Lilia Mucka Andrew

Lilia Andrew

Director, Research in Anxiety Disorders Program
Psychologist
Children's National Hospital

Mi-Young Ryee

Co-Director, Anxiety Disorders Program
Psychologist
Ayman Saleh, M.D.

Ayman Saleh

Medical Director, Ambulatory Psychiatry and Takoma Theatre Outpatient Clinic
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Laura Willing

Laura Willing

Co-Director, Anxiety Disorders Program
DCMAP Children's National Hospital Site Lead
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

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