A good diagnostic evaluation will include a complete history of symptoms to determine their severity and how long they have been present. Clinicians should assess for anxiety symptoms based on diagnostic criteria established in the DSM IV or ICD 10 and should use standardized anxiety tools to aid in the assessment.
Anxiety disorders are treatable! Studies have shown that cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) and medication treatments are both effective in treating anxiety disorders in youth. Parent involvement in treatment has also been shown to improve outcomes in some children. Early treatment can prevent future difficulties, such as academic or social difficulties and low self-esteem. Additional treatment options can be found here.
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- Review treatment options with the child and his/her family.
- Include the child and his/her family in the treatment plan.