A pediatrician reflects on the mental health of children and the systems that are trying to help them.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
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Anxiety & Adolescents: Recognizing and Managing Teen Anxiety in the Primary Care Office
Thursday, March 31, 2011 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
While adolescence is known as a time of normal stress and transition, clinical anxiety disorders can impair a teen’s life and contribute to distress, academic failure and social dysfunction. Left untreated, these disorders often lead to major depression or substance abuse.
Anxiety disorders are among the most common of mental illnesses in teens, but only 18% of adolescents with clinical anxiety ever receive treatment. Identifying and managing adolescent anxiety can be challenging. Symptoms and the focus of anxiety are varied and are often misidentified in primary care as somatic complaints due to “normal” teenage stress.
Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP is a leading expert on child, adolescent and young adult anxiety and mood disorders. She is associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. She is also President of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology of the American Psychological Association and is Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
Dr. Albano will discuss ways to effectively identify anxiety disorders, available evidence-based treatments, strategies primary care providers can use with teens who suffer from anxiety disorders, and helpful resources that can be accessed for providers and parents.