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Is it safe for children to take medication for anxiety disorders?

Children can safely take medication for anxiety disorders. The most effective treatment programs combine cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the medication of choice when treating anxiety disorders. In 2004, the FDA warned that some antidepressants, including SSRIs, may increase suicidal thoughts in a small number of children. SSRIs are still safe and effective for children to take, although you and your child's doctor should discuss potential side effects and watch for signs of depression.

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