alexa Long Term Follow up in Children with Anxiety Disorders Treated with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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Long Term Follow up in Children with Anxiety Disorders Treated with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Childhood anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions affecting youth, and they are predictive of long-term adulthood psychiatric problems. Increasing acknowledgement of the significant impact of anxiety disorders on public health has seen greater focus on treatment approaches and empirical evaluation of their effectiveness.

A review of treatments for anxiety disorders in children concluded that evidence-based psychological treatments (cognitive behavior therapy; CBT) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor medications (SSRIs) are effective in decreasing anxiety symptoms and functional impairment. Each treatment on its own is effective for young people with anxiety disorders, but a combination of SSRIs and CBT has been found to be more effective than mono-therapies, with this difference decreasing over time. However, pharmacological treatment is not recommended as a first line as there is a potential risk of harm to children and young people. Read more..

 
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