Anxiety in a teenager.


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9 months ago by
How do I best assess anxiety in a teenager?  Are there good questionnaires?  What are first line medications?

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9 months ago by
I often use the SCARED scale.  There are both parent and child editions you can use to collect data and score.  As for medications, Zoloft (sertraline) can be a good place to start.  Begin with 25mg/day and titrate higher by 25mg every 5-10 days to a target dose of at least 150mg/day.  You can also give hydroxyzine 25mg every 6-8hrs PRN anxiety.
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