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Anxiety can affect children as much as adults. It is estimated that anywhere from 15 to 20 percent of youngsters suffer from debilitating anxiety. When children are treated with medicines used to treat psychiatric disorders in adults, however, they may not do well. What can be done to help kids with anxiety?

Ways to Help Kids with Anxiety:

A review of 15 studies that included more than 7,700 children found that SSRI-type antidepressant drugs like sertraline or fluoxetine worked better than placebo to alleviate symptoms. Benzodiazepine medications such as alprazolam (Xanax) are the mainstay for treating anxiety in adults. However, such drugs did not work for kids with anxiety.

On the other hand, cognitive behavioral therapy was quite effective. It helped more than fluoxetine or sertraline did and, even better, there were no side effects. The investigators concluded that cognitive behavioral therapy is a viable treatment for childhood anxiety.

JAMA Pediatrics, Aug. 31, 2017

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  1. Janis

    This is good information. Thank you for the article.

    I wonder if relaxation strategies like belly breathing and meditation have been therapeutically used with childhood anxiety? These techniques can be taught to children, and hopefully, they will use them when anxious.

  2. Rick

    Any stressor chemical or otherwise that triggers your adrenal glands causes anxiety especially in children who do not have fully functioning immune systems. Its all so good to keep them away from ADHD medications as they will cause anxiety. When your adrenal axis comes into play on a regular basis it will become fatigued and anxiety is a marker for adrenal fatigue

  3. Diane

    regarding cognitive behavior therapy. can you expand your thoughts on this subject.

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