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(p. 221) Wrapping Up and What’s Next? 

(p. 221) Wrapping Up and What’s Next?
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(p. 221) Wrapping Up and What’s Next?
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Eli R. Lebowitz

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10.1093/med-psych/9780190883522.003.0014
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date: 17 April 2021

This chapter looks at some possible next steps if the parents feel that the child’s anxiety has partially improved, but that the child is still coping with significant and impairing anxiety. The parents may need to continue working to reduce their accommodation, by taking on additional targets and working through the steps of making a plan and gradually reducing accommodation in this new area. The parents also may want to consider trying additional treatments and strategies. Some of the most evidence-based treatments for childhood anxiety include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychiatric medication. The parents should consider meeting with a capable therapist or psychiatrist in their area to discuss the possibilities. If the child’s anxiety has improved and things are returning to a more routine pattern without the need for special plans to help the child cope, it is important to keep up the supportive attitude toward the child’s anxiety. A supportive attitude expressed in words and actions can help to prevent future anxiety from escalating or growing to a point where it is again a major problem. Lastly, the parents should try to notice if they are falling back into old patterns of accommodation, or starting to develop new ones.

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