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Title: Anxiety-related disorders: An overview.
Authors: Riordan, Denise M
Singhal, Deepa
Affiliation: Northern Territory Department of Health, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia..
ACT Health, Mental Health Justice Health Alcohol and Drug Services, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia..
Issue Date: Oct-2018
Citation: Journal of paediatrics and child health 2018-10; 54(10): 1104-1109
Abstract: Anxiety-related disorders are common in the child and adolescent population. They cause significant distress, which can affect social, emotional, family and academic functioning. They frequently present in general paediatric and primary care settings. Comprehensive assessment should include the child as well as parent and family functioning because anxiety-related disorders in other family members are common and, if untreated, can affect outcomes for the child. There are good evidence-based psychological interventions available, which should be the first line of treatment offered; accessing appropriate therapies for an adequate duration of treatment can, however, be challenging. Medication, particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, may have a role to play but should be used in the context of psychologically based therapies. Prevention of anxiety-related disorders in childhood is a major public health issue. Prevention programmes are available and should commence in the antenatal period through infancy, early childhood and adolescence, promoting positive attachments and resilience.
DOI: 10.1111/jpc.14167
Type: Journal Article
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