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Anti-Anxiety Medication in Children and Adolescents


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Speaker:
Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, NCC, DCMHS, LMHC
Duration:
1 Hour 07 Minutes
Copyright:
Jun 16, 2021
Product Code:
POS058385
Media Type:
Digital Recordings


Description

Approximately 60% of children and adolescents in treatment will be prescribed medication for anxiety, so it is essential that clinicians know what anti-anxiety medications are available and the medications’ benefits and side effects.   

Join Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, as she shares the types of anti-anxiety medications, black box warnings, and the importance of clinicians keeping open lines of communication with prescribers — helping the client and his or her parents, get the best treatment possible for their child. 

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Author, Psychotherapist


Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PhD, NCC, DCMHS, LMHC, is a bestselling author and psychotherapist specializing in anxiety, gaslighting, narcissistic abuse, and ADHD. She is the author of several books, including the best-selling Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People - and Break Free and 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD: How to Overcome Chronic Distraction and Accomplish Your Goals. She was named a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, one of only 20 professionals in the United States with this dual designation. Dr. Sarkis is also a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and Circuit Mediator. Dr. Sarkis is the founder of the Sarkis Institute, specializing in the treatment of comorbid anxiety and ADHD. She is a contributor to Forbes, Psychology Today, and The Huffington Post. Her Psychology Today posts have been viewed over 35 million times.


Her Psychology Today article “11 Warning Signs of Gaslighting” went viral, with over 13 million views. She has taught the graduate-level classes Diagnosis and Assessment of Mental Health Disorders in addition to Law and Ethics of Counseling at the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University. She is the host of the Talking Brains podcast and the cohost of the Nerds in Love podcast. Dr. Sarkis earned a PhD, EdS, and MEd in 
Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida, named by US News and World Report as the top counselor education program in the country. You can visit her website at www.stephaniesarkis.com.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis maintains a private practice. She serves as a contributor to Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. Dr. Sarkis is a facilitator for Collaborative Divorce. She is a published author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. Dr. Sarkis has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations to disclose.

Non-financial: Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis is an advisor to the Institute of Certified ADHD Professionals and a Professional Expert Understood.org, part of National Center for Learning Disabilities. She a member of Next Generation Divorce, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Attention Deficit Disorder Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association, and the National Board for Certified Counselors.


Objectives

  1. Determine how black box warnings on antidepressants have impacted pediatric anxiety treatment. 
  2. Manage open communication with prescribers for best client outcomes. 
  3. Differentiate benefits versus side effects of anti-anxiety medication.

Outline

  • Types of anti-anxiety medications 
    • Antidepressants 
      • Mechanism of action 
      • Side effects 
      • Why prescribed 
      • Serotonin withdrawal syndrome 
    • Benzodiazepines 
      • Mechanism of action 
      • Side effects 
      • Why prescribed  
      • Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome  
  • Black box warning on antidepressants  
    • Reasoning 
    • How it has impacted pediatric treatment of anxiety and depression 
  • How clinicians can help prescribers 
    • Keep open dialogue 
    • Encourage client and parents to contact the prescriber with any questions 
    • Ask about client sleep difficulties  
    • Ask specific questions about anxiety, as it is an internalized disorder 
    • Have general knowledge of anti-anxiety medications 
    • Check for any bias against psychotropic medication  
    • Know your scope of practice 
      • Can educate, but not recommend 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel

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