On October 10th, the National Institute of Mental Health, a division of NIH, is sponsoring a free seminar, “Coping Strategies for Anxious Kids: What Parents Need to Know.” The seminar will be held at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus in the A&R Building (Room 106/8/10) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Seating is limited, and the registration deadline is October 4th. Parents and other adults may register by phone (301-402-8225), or e-mail KIDSwithWorries@mail.nih.gov to RSVP.
The keynote speaker will be Erin D. Berman, PhD., a clinical psychologist at NIMH. Her presentation will cover pharmaceutical and cognitive behavioral therapy treatment options. In addition, she will provide information on what can be done to change a child’s anxious thought patterns.
This free seminar is open to the public and is offered by NIMH as part of its recruitment initiative for a research study on anxiety and depression in children. Boys and girls from 8 to 17 years of age may be eligible to participate in this research. While parents who attend the October 10th presentation are under no obligation to enroll their children in this study, they might want to consider this opportunity for free outpatient treatment and evaluation. The research will be conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and may include talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and/or pharmaceutical treatment with fluoxetine (generic Prozac). Children who show improvement may be eligible to for up to three months of extended treatment. And, NIH commits to providing ongoing aftercare in the event that NIH research clinicians are unable to find an outside physician who is willing to monitor the medication regimen.
For driving directions to the October 10th seminar venue and more information about the seminar and the research study, visit the NIH website: http://patientinfo.nimh.nih.gov/AnxietyDisordersPediatric.aspx .
Dr. Berman will be presenting this seminar again on October 15th at the Howard County CHADD chapter’s monthly meeting in Ellicott City. Please visit the CHADD website for its Maryland Chapters for more information: http://www.chadd-mc.org/category/speakers/ .