Prof. Craig Whittington from the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health in London has reviewed the value of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat children and adolescents with mental health problems.

First, the details.
Prof. Whittington and colleagues reanalyzed the results (meta-analyses) from studies of the treatment of children and adolescents.

Best evidence for success

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder

More limited evidence of suggests

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Behavioral problems

None or insufficient evidence

  • Antisocial behavior
  • Psychotic and related disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance misuse
  • Self-harm behavior

The bottom line?
The authors concluded, “Cognitive behavioral therapy has a potentially important role in improving the mental health of children and adolescents.”

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7/8/08 20:33 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.