Treatment

Studies that have been done with children have shown that cognitive behavioral therapy which includes education about the nature of anxiety, ways to identify, evaluate, and change anxious thoughts, and training in relaxation strategies have all been used with some success. Children with Generalized Anxiety Disorder are also taught to learn to recognize the physiological symptoms of anxiety, and are taught to use positive “self-talk” rather than negative self-talk. Parents are included to provide reinforcement and rewards for children’s success, and to learn to implement and practice the skills with their children.

When the symptoms are severe, medication may be included as part of the treatment. These medications may include what have been called the SSRIs: the most commonly known is Prozac.