Author Topic: Article, Sep/22: Pharmacological Treatment for Pediatric Anxiety Disorders  (Read 377 times)


The full title of this American article is "Pharmacological Treatment for Pediatric Anxiety Disorders".


Pediatric anxiety disorders (PADs) occur in up to 20% of youth and can cause impairment across the lifespan. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) added unique pressures on those with PADs, as children and adolescents endured the longest pandemic restrictions, stymieing their ability to develop socially, emotionally, and cognitively. Although first-line treatment for PADs is psychotherapy, those with severe anxiety symptoms will require pharmacological interventions. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) medications are effective in treating PADs, yet only duloxetine (a SNRI) is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for children aged >7 years with generalized anxiety disorder. Treatment of children and adolescents with benzodiazepines for PADs presents unique challenges with potential paradoxical reactions. Caution must be observed as well due to risk for misuse related to long-term use of benzodiazepines with PADs. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 60(9), 6-9.].

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