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CBT AND ANXIETY

ANCHOR LEAD: A TYPE OF THERAPY MAY PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANXIETY DISORDERS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Using a type of intervention known as cognitive behavioral therapy, researchers at Johns Hopkins led by Golda Ginsberg have shown that anxiety disorders may be prevented in at risk children.  Ginsberg describes the technique.

GINSBERG:  We teach parents to recognize when to intervene, what can parents do to help reduce anxiety in their children.  And then we bring the children in. It’s a total of eight sessions, the first two are with the parents alone, and then the rest is with the whole family.  We focus on the one child that was in the study and we teach children how to recognize the signs of anxiety in themselves so they can put into place a coping plan and we teach them specific coping skills, to reduce their anxiety so it doesn’t mess up their life and impair their functioning.             :30

Ginsberg says anxiety disorders are both very common and largely undiagnosed, and preventing their development would be ideal.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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