CBT Program Reduces Anxiety in Children

A recent study published in Behavior Therapy indicates that children may benefit from cognitive behavior therapy CBT) sessions. CBT is a type of treatment that helps individuals understand the thoughts and feelings that influence their actions. It may be used to treat anxiety and phobias. The FRIENDS program, developed in Australia in 2000, was recently studied among volunteers in German schools. Participants showed significant reductions in both anxiety and depression compared to the control group that did not use the program. While there appeared to be no difference between boys and girls in the program, age did appear to be a factor. Younger children benefitted early on while older children needed to practice strategies for several months before showing gains.

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