8th Annual Todd Ouida Clinical Scholars Award & Lecture
Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry Director, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Columbia University Medical Center
“Anxiety is developmental, multifactorial, and transactional.” Dr. Anne Albano speaks about anxiety in adolescents and treatment for anxiety. She discusses the risks for anxiety, what sets off anxiety, when anxiety is considered a disorder, the different types of DSM-IV anxiety disorders that an adolescent can be diagnosed with, the child anxiety “triad,” the significance of anxiety disorders in childhood, the hidden risks of anxiety, and the treatment of anxiety in youth. There are empirically supported treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), medication, and combined CBT plus medication. Dr. Albano further discusses “the storm and stress of adolescence” such as, why anxiety increases in adolescence, the development “scourge” of anxiety in adolescence, anxiety provoking situations for adolescents, and adolescent developmental milestones. Dr. Albano ends her lecture with what is missing from the treatment of anxiety for adolescents. The problem is that currently there is only child/adolescent-focused therapy, but the parents, as well, need to be involved in the treatment. Therefore, a new type of treatment has been created: developmental informed CBT, where adolescents receive CBT, while the parents are also in sessions, with their child, that are combined and focused on what the adolescents need to be doing in their transition tasks.