Treating Anxiety Disorders in Youths
Both CBT and SSRIs are effective treatments for separation, generalized, and social anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. The combination of CBT and an SSRI is superior to either alone. Comorbidity of childhood anxiety disorders is the rule rather than the exception. Early intervention for childhood anxiety disorders is recommended to prevent impaired development and accumulated functional disability. Family education and training can reduce reinforcement of anxiety and avoidance, but parents with their own anxiety disorders or other psychopathology may need separate treatment.