Full Title: Medication in the Treatment of Selective Mutism and Anxiety Disorders
Presenter: Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum
Previously Recorded: Yes Length: 53 minutes
The use of medication can be a helpful component in the treatment ofSelective Mutism (SM) and other anxiety disorders. Although never meant as a cure, medication can be an effective adjunct to psychotherapy, to aid in lowering anxiety, so that a child can develop long-term coping skills needed to combat anxious feelings and progress into speech. The use of medication is not an easy decision for many parents, who will often ask their healthcare professionals for more information. All clinicians working with children with SM and other anxiety disorders, should have an understanding of the basic and most common questions and concerns that parents may raise when deciding to use medication.
This presentation will provide answers to such questions and will educate clinicians about the use of medication in the treatment of children and teens with anxiety and SM. First, how anti-anxiety medications work in the brain, reasons to consider the use of medication, and when to consider medication use in treatment, will be discussed. The most common medications will be highlighted in terms of typical dosing regimens, side effect profiles, and recommended lengths of time of use. The process of safely weaning a child off of medication to minimize withdrawal, and how to talk to a child about medication, will also be addressed. Finally, time will be spent on dispelling common myths about medication to help parents make educated decisions regarding medication use and their children.
9:00 – 9:15 AM Why and When to Use Medication in the Treatment of Selective Mutism
9:15 – 9:30 AM The Most Common Medications Used in the Treatment of Selective Mutism and Anxiety
9:30 – 9:45 AM How to Determine the Correct Dosing of Medication and Possible Side Effects
9:45 – 10:00 AM Steps for Safely Weaning off medication for an Effective Withdrawal
1. Explain the reasons to consider the use of medication as an adjunct in treatment.
2. List the most common medications used in the treatment of Selective Mutism and Anxiety.
3. Explain philosophies about dosing and weaning.
4. Describe the possible side effects to the most common medications used.
5. Describe the steps to wean off medication for an effective withdrawal.