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This is freaking me out!

04/21/2009

Question:

ever since we`ve moved into our house a year and a half ago, my four year old daughter has had an imaginary friend named emily. she says that she fell out of the tree and broke her back and there was blood everywhere. she talks to her out of the blue sometimes and even yells at her! should i be worried?

Answer:

Imaginary friends can be quite normal, horrific injuries are not as typical, however, before I can reassure you that this is normal or not, I would have to know more about her.  I would suggest with a visit to her primary care provider where you can discuss your concerns and get your questions answered.

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Response by:

Michael Spigarelli, MD, PhD
Formerly, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati