By Angus Chen
October 2, 2017
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.