Serotonergic agents in the treatment of social phobia in children and adolescents: A case series
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Serotonergic agents have become the treatment of choice for adult patients with social phobia. However, there are few reports of the use of these agents in the treatment of children and adolescents with this disorder. The pharmacological treatment of social anxiety in children and adolescents is briefly reviewed, and a consecutive series of child and adolescent patients who were treated with a variety of serotonin acting agents is described. Seven patients, aged 7 to 18 years, with a Primary DSM-IV diagnosis of generalized social phobia were treated with paroxetine, sertraline, or nefazodone for up to 7 months. Response to treatment was evaluated by retrospective chart review by the treating clinicians. All of the patients appeared to have a very positive clinical response to the serotonergic agents. No adverse events were reported and side effects were well tolerated. Results suggest that serotonergic agents may be an effective and safe treatment for children and adolescents with social phobia.
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