Anxiety disorders collectively are the third most common psychiatric condition in children. Katrina Fletcher, MD, psychiatrist, and Jason Lewis, PhD, psychologist, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, review: tools to screen and assess anxiety disorders; other diagnoses to consider in your differential or as co-morbidities; medical causes and medications that can cause anxiety symptoms; importance of time course (such as abrupt onset) in your differential; types of anxiety disorders; how to determine severity; what is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT); when to initiate an SSRI and tips for discussing antidepressants with patients and families; how to know if a treatment plan is working and when to taper or discontinue SSRIs; how to help families navigate anxiety disorders, such as encouraging healthy sleep, diet and exercise; CHOP’s new clinical pathway for anxiety disorders; and more.
Listen in as Katie Lockwood, MD, a primary care pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses hot topics in primary care with CHOP subject-matter-experts as they weigh in on issues affecting the daily practice of pediatricians. This podcast is for general informational and educational purposes only and is not to be considered as medical advice for any particular patient. Clinicians must rely on their own informed clinical judgment in making recommendations to their patients.
This Primary Care Perspectives Podcast episode was originally released on January 10, 2022.
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