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Is combination therapy effective for treating childhood anxiety disorders?

Among children and teens especially, combining more than one form of treatment for anxiety disorders is often successful. A study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, for example, looked at children ages 7 to 17 who had moderate to severe separation anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, or social phobia, often with coexisting problems, such as another anxiety disorder or behavior issues. Participants were assigned randomly to one of four treatment groups: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) alone; the antidepressant drug sertraline (Zoloft) alone; CBT plus sertraline; and a placebo pill alone. The researchers found improvement over a 12-week period in 81% of those in the combination therapy group, compared with 24% of those taking a placebo pill only. It's worth noting, though, that 60% of those receiving CBT alone improved, and 55% of those given sertraline alone did, too.

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