By Angus Chen

October 2, 2017

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Teens and children struggling with anxiety are often prescribed medication

or therapy to treat their symptoms. For many, either drugs or therapy is

enough, but some young people can't find respite from anxious thoughts. For

them, a study suggests that using both treatments at once can help.

 

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent

Psychology on Monday, analyzed data from a large clinical trial of 488

people ages 7 to 17 diagnosed with anxiety disorders. The trial compared

therapy, an anti-depressant called sertraline (brand name Zoloft), the

combination of both, and a placebo. Pfizer, which manufactures Zoloft,

donated both the sertraline and the placebo pills to the study.