Clinical and Health Psychologists
provide a variety of serives to adults and children. Many train in
health centers and become very familiar with a variety of childhood
medical conditions which can result in pain, medical compliance
problems, behavioral difficulties, depression, anxiety and even
Learning to cope with pain
while minimizing use of medication which can interfere with learning or
raise the risk of addiction is often an important goal. Relaxation
training and other management techniques can be adapted to children.
Some of these strategies are also helpful to use in childhood anxiety
Children may suffer pain from medical
conditions such as childhood arthritis, developmental spinal or bony
deformities, sports injuries, cancer, and traumatic injuries. Children suffering from traumatic injuries may also suffer from childhood post-traumatic stress disorder.
who suffer from significant medical conditions in childhood and
adolescence may be at risk for developing somatoform disorders. These
may include hypochondriasis, conversion disorders and other disorders
which involve psychological factors. These are often treated by a child psychotherapist.
patterns of overprotection by parents and symptom dependency can
develop. This can undermine a child's social development and
independence. Family therapy is sometimes indicated.