Study proves anxiety treatment is long lasting

Not only do anxiety treatments in children work, they continue to be effective long after they began, a new study has shown.

According to counselandheal.com, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) gave 412 children suffering from anxiety a choice of three forms of treatment. The first was cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the second was a course of seratraline medication and the third option was a combination of therapy and medication.

No matter which option they chose, all the children received 12 weeks of acute treatment and they were then offered six months of follow-up sessions. The researchers then measured how well each child was doing after 12 weeks. They were also checked up on three and six months after their acute treatment had ended.

After their 12 weeks of initial treatment, 80 per cent of the children had responded well. This same 80 per cent were also rated as positive responders at the three and six month measurement periods.

The researchers also found that the combination of CBT and medication was the most effective form of treatment, as only five per cent of youths did not respond positively after 12 weeks. In comparison, 15 to 16 per cent of children being treated by either therapy or medication alone found the treatment to be ineffective, reports psychcentral.com.

Another study is now being conducted to determine whether treatment has an impact ten years down the line.