New Treatment for
Your Child's Anxiety

Your child should be able to get the treatment they need and deserve. Access new treatment at Children's Hospital Los Angeles that is aimed at helping children reduce their anxious feelings.
Visits Conducted in
Los Angeles County, CA
Family Members are in Good Health
Kids & Teens
with Anxiety
Child is 8-17 Years Old
Key Facts
About Our Research Study
Caring for your child's anxiety is the top priority. CHLA researchers are helping parents and children by developing a treatment for anxiety. Mental health needs to be at the forefront of new development and we want to partner with you to help your child.
Most adult anxiety disorders begin in childhood or adolescence. This condition can not only negatively affect school performance and relationships with friends and family but also affect the overall quality of life and well-being when these children become adults.

Our work is designed to compare different ways of treating anxiety in children. There are effective treatments for this disorder, but the open question is which treatment to start with - therapy or medicine. Our team will be examining what to do if the treatment tried first isn't working well—whether to optimize the treatment already begun or to add the other treatment. Your child's mental health is our priority and these tests hopefully will allow both parents and children to benefit from these new treatment options.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
Adolescent mental health needs to be at the forefront for new treatment developments. Our research team at CHLA is focused on identifying ways to help your child treat their anxiety. Treatment of a child who has an anxiety disorder usually begins with the question of which treatment to start first, medication or psychotherapy. Both options are supported by research, but few studies have compared their effectiveness head-to-head, and none has investigated what to do if the treatment tried first isn't working well-whether to optimize the treatment already begun or to add the other treatment. Our work aims to test the effectiveness of medication or psychotherapy in a side-by-side comparison for children suffering from anxiety.
Who is eligible for this study?
Child and parent may be able to join this study if they meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria:
  • Child is between the ages of 8 and 17 years old
  • Child experiences anxious feelings
  • Child and parent agree for the child to be given either medical or psychiatric therapy
What will happen if you participate in the study?
If you are deemed eligible:

At the start of the study, participants will receive 12 weeks of either:
(a) Medication or
(b) Weekly cognitive behavioral therapy

2) At week 12, some participants will receive an additional 12 weeks of either:
(a) Continuation of their stage 1 treatment or
(b) Continuation of their stage 1 treatment and the addition of the other treatment
Is compensation provided for being in this research study?
Participants will be compensated for each meeting.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
Some co-pays are possible. Additional information will be provided accordingly.