Excessive anxiety in childhood is a significant predictor of eventual comorbid depression and other conditions. This presentation will identify the cognitive processes and coping strategies that help create a cycle of anxiety, psychosocial isolation, and depression in anxious children and families. Attention will be given to the development of specific, empirically supported Ericksonian strategies which can help shift the anxious individual and family toward malleability, creativity and adaptability.
To describe three cognitive and behavioral patterns/skills shown to decrease anxiety and comorbid depression.
To describe five specific Ericksonian strategies that can be effectively used to treat anxious children and their families.
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