Treatment

Behavioral treatments have shown the greatest results in treating childhood phobias. Some of the most effective behavioral treatments are systematic desensitization, prolonged exposure, modeling, and cognitive self-management strategies.

fear of death At about age six or seven, as children develop an understanding about death, some youngsters can develop a fear of death—either their own or that of a loved one. Realizing that death will eventually claim everyone, and that it is permanent and irreversible, the normal worries about the death of family members or their own death can intensify. In some cases, this preoccupation with death can become disabling. It is perfectly normal that children should be curious about death, but the average child generally does not really fear death until facing the loss of a family member or pet.

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