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For Children With Severe Anxiety, Drugs Plus Therapy Help Best

Recent study finds that for children and teens dealing with severe anxiety the combination of therapy and medication seems to bring greatest benefits.

“Teens and children struggling with anxiety are often prescribed medication or therapy to treat their symptoms. For many, either drugs or therapy is enough, but some young people can’t find respite from anxious thoughts. For them, a study suggests that using both treatments at once can help.”

“The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology on Monday, analyzed data from a large clinical trial of 488 people ages 7 to 17 diagnosed with anxiety disorders. The trial compared therapy, an anti-depressant called sertraline (brand name Zoloft), the combination of both, and a placebo. Pfizer, which manufactures Zoloft, donated both the sertraline and the placebo pills to the study.”

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