Psychologists at the University of Reading say teenagers with anxiety aren’t receiving appropriately tailored care, instead childhood therapies are merely being adapted. They argue that teenagers face distinct issues that require a more specific approach.
Anxiety is estimated to affect 300,000 children and adolescents in the UK. Typically, those who are offered help are given cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) a talking therapy that helps people to change the way they think about anxiety-inducing situations.
The study in question compared the symptoms of 100 children (aged six to 12) with 100 adolescents (aged 13 to 18) who were referred for CBT in the Berkshire area.
It was found that some were given an online version of CBT, which required the participant to read about fictional characters and how they respond to anxiety-inducing situations.
Researchers have discovered that teens with anxiety disorders are more likely than children to have serious symptoms and more…