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Applications of CBT for Specific Anxiety Disorders

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Children with GAD may benefit from some modifications to standard CBT to target core symptoms of uncontrollable worry and physical signs of anxiety (Grover et al. 2006). Relaxation skills such as diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle techniques can be introduced early and practiced often to target physical symptoms. Cognitive restructuring is a vital component for GAD to identify and challenge persistent worries in a range of situations. Problem solving is a useful technique to generate possible solutions and then develop a realistic action plan ahead of time to respond to various challenging situations.

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