difficult child 1, my 13yo, has had a needle phobia since as far as I can remember (probably those darned kindergarten shots that did him in!) Well, I have to brag, because this kid blew me away last week when he went in for the blood draw he gets every few months and has done for the past two years. Not only did he opt to forego his usual Ativan (said he doesn't like the way it makes him feel), but he also said "pass" on the Emla numbing cream AND had me wait in the lobby while he went in the lab by himself!!! When I think back to the puddle of hysterical tears and panic attacks he would be reduced to just two short years ago when facing a routine blood draw, I have to just shake my head in amazement. If you'd told me he'd be able to make these choices for himself today -- VOLUNTARILY, no less, I would have laughed my head off and said YOU were nuts! He's been taking Lexapro for about a year now, and I really, really think that, along with a few sessions to address the phobia with a therapist last year and lots of support along the way are what's allowed him to get to this point. I just am still so amazed!