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Is medication safe for children with generalized anxiety disorder?

In addition to therapy, some children with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) may benefit from treatment with medication. Antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications are often prescribed to help relieve symptoms of anxiety.

In many countries, there is great concern about the use of anti-depressants in children and adolescents because suicide-related behaviors (suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts) and hostility (predominantly aggression, oppositional behavior, and anger) have been observed more frequently in clinical studies among children and adolescents treated with antidepressants (compared to those treated with placebo). Some countries have issued warnings against prescribing these medications to children and adolescents.

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