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Good News for Children with Anxiety Disorders

October 30, 2008

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that antidepressant medication coupled with psychotherapy is helpful for children with anxiety disorders.

More than 80 percent of children suffering from the most common psychiatric disorders - anxieties and phobias that can make them fear the future and avoid trick-or-treating - dramatically improved on a combination of medication and 12 weeks of therapy, researchers reported yesterday in the biggest study of its kind.

"What's significant about this study is we are able to talk now with data behind us that there are these three options," said Anne Marie Albano, associate professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University Medical Center and a study author.

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