Psychopharmacologic Treatment of Pediatric Anxiety Disorders

Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America (Impact Factor: 2.6). 11/2005; 14(4):877-908, x. DOI: 10.1016/j.chc.2005.06.004
Source: PubMed


This article reviews the psychopharmacologic treatment of child and adolescent anxiety disorders and is divided into the following sections: historical background, general treatment principles, obsessive-compulsive disorder, other anxiety disorders, including separation anxiety disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, and social phobia, elective mutism, and post-traumatic stress disorder and specific phobia. Short-term and long-term psychopharmacologic treatment strategies are reviewed, as are approaches for managing comorbidity and treatment-refractory cases. This article is organized by diagnostic categories rather than by medication classes to emphasize the clinical perspective.

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