Children

Medications for Childhood Anxiety Disorders

John T. Walkup, MD
Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Adjunct Professor, Center for American Indian Health, Johns Hopkins University

 

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Child Anxiety and Phobia Program (CAPP) at Florida International University (FIU)

Is your child or a child you know having trouble with:

  • Anxiety
  • Worrying a lot
  • Being over afraid

Organization: 
Child Anxiety and Phobia Program (CAPP)
Principal Investigator: 
Wendy Silverman, Ph.D., ABPP
Contact: 
(305) 348-1937, (305) 348-1938, capp@fiu.edu
Location: 
Miami, FL
State: 
Florida

What Parents Need to Know About Treatment for Children With Anxiety Disorders

Ron Rapee, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, Centre for Emotional Health
Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia

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Questions to Ask: Choosing a Therapist for Your Child

A therapist should be willing to answer any questions you may have about methods, training, and fees during a consultation. Bring a list of your child’s symptoms to discuss, and be sure to mention any medications for allergies or other illnesses. 

Here are some questions to consider asking:

“The only difference between Brian and most other children is that while he is at school, he is mute. ”

My Silent Child

My 5-year old boy has a cherub's face with a hint of mischief in his beautiful green eyes. Brian dances to silly music and entertains us with his antics. He tells his brother to leave him alone and he teases his sister while she does her homework. The only difference between Brian and most other children is that while he is at school, he is mute.

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“It was so embarrassing to have to tell my friends about my problem, but I knew it had to be done.”

A Normal Kid

My name is Jordan. I am 11 years old.

About one year ago, I began experiencing a feeling of terror and panic during everyday situations. I was scared of everything, from going out to eat to going to a friend’s house. I told my parents, and we thought it might just be that a lot was going on. So we waited. As months went on, the anxiety and panicking didn’t get any better, and everything started to go downhill. I sort of figured I was going to be like this forever.

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“I spent hours in the bathroom scrubbing my hands raw. I felt that if I didn't take part in this routine, my mother would die. I forced myself to eat foods that I absolutely hated. ”

My Childhood OCD

My experience with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) began in the summer I was seven years old. My father was planning a vacation to Florida with his girlfriend, my five-year-old brother, and me. I was so excited about seeing the beach and feeling real sand for the first time.

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Anxious parents, anxious children

In what may be the first study in the United States designed to prevent anxiety disorders in the children of anxious parents, researchers found that as few as eight weekly family sessions of cognitive-behavioral therapy may help prevent or minimize the psychological damage of childhood anxiety. Children of parents diagnosed with an anxiety disorder are up to seven times more likely to develop an anxiety disorder.

Screening for an Anxiety Disorder: Children

If you think your child may have an anxiety disorder, please answer the questions below, print out the page, and share the results with your child's health care professional.

Treatment

Like other medical conditions, anxiety disorders tend to be chronic unless properly treated. Most kids find that they need professional guidance to successfully manage and overcome their anxiety.

Several scientifically proven and effective treatment options are available for children with anxiety disorders. The two treatments that most help children are cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication.

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