Talk Therapy: Limited Benefits For Children With Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are commonly diagnosed in adults, but they often begin in childhood. Through talk therapy, kids may be able to manage their anxiety before it becomes debilitating. However, not everyone responds positively to this form of treatment.

Recently, neuroscientists at the Georgetown Medical Center conducted a study to determine if some children reaped the benefits of talk therapy more than others, according to the Georgetown University website. When the data was presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, experts revealed that kids who exhibited anxiety when presented with fearful images responded better to verbal therapy.

During the study, children who showed fear while being exposed to happy photographs were less likely to benefit from talk therapy. Study author Steve Rich was able to determine that because anxiety and fear are directly linked, the brain’s response to fear naturally affects the development of disorders.

More than 40 million Americans aged 18 or older suffer from an anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. However, detecting the condition early can help individuals manage the condition and live healthier lives.