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Advances in pharmacotherapy for pediatric anxiety disorders


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Pediatric anxiety disorders are prevalent, chronic, and often lead to significant impaired functioning that impacts both short- and long-term outcomes for children and adolescents. Treatment options include pharmacotherapy and psychosocial interventions. This presentation will review treatment advances specifically for pharmacotherapy. Current research supports serotonin reuptake inhibitors as the medication class to be the first-line treatment option for pediatric anxiety disorders. Available evidence for the efficacy of other classes of medications will be reviewed, along with the available approaches to manage partial responders and nonresponders. The risks and benefits of pharmacotherapy will also be reviewed. In addition, recent research has shown the potential promise of novel agents that act upon other neural systems implicated in the development of pediatric anxiety disorders. Novel compounds that affect the glutamate system will be discussed. Depression and Anxiety, 2011. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.