Treatment for Anxiety

If your child worries a lot, shies away from social situations and/or has trouble separating from his or her loved ones, he or she may have an anxiety disorder which can benefit greatly from evidence-based treatment that really works. Many children suffer needlessly from anxiety which is impairing their lives. Often parents wait for it “to pass.” However, studies show that anxiety can have adverse consequences if left untreated. It doesn’t make sense to wait and not treat because we have good treatment options. Your child need not suffer. Call us today to find out how you can get help. 

What Does Our Research Study Involve? 

Sertraline (also known as Zoloft) is an FDA approved medication that has been shown to treat anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Our goal is to search for biomarkers that can predict medication response to sertraline before treatment initiation. 

Participation includes: 

  • A phone consultation to help you determine if your child needs treatment 
  • A thorough in person clinical consultation to determine if your child is eligible for the study 
  • 14 weeks of sertraline treatment, if your child is eligible 

All study procedures will be provided at no cost to you. 

Who is Eligible to Participate? 

In order to be eligible for this research study, your child must: 

  • Be 8 - 17 years old 
  • Speak/Read English 
  • Need treatment for anxiety 
  • Have not initiated psychotherapy within 8 weeks of screening 
  • Not be currently taking an SSRI medication 

We are also recruiting healthy children and adolescents without anxiety. These participants would not take any medication as part of the study, but would still have a clinical evaluation. 

In order to be eligible as a healthy control for this research study, your child must: 

  • Be 8-17 years old 
  • Speak/Read English 
  • Not be diagnosed with any psychiatric disorders 
  • Not have immediate family that has been diagnosed with anxiety or depression 
  • Not be pregnant 

Interested in Learning More About This Research Study? 

We are happy to answer any questions you may have! 

Please Contact 

Dr. Amir Levine 

Phone: 646-774-7331 

Email: childanxietystudy@nyspi.columbia.edu 

Website: www.childanxietystudy.com