Patients suffering from anxiety disorders often face problems while associating with people around them. The social skills and cognitive abilities of such patients are often severely impaired due to their anxiety disorders. It has also been observed that the slightest trigger and start an anxiety disorder related episode in a patient, which can further deteriorate his or her cognitive skills. However, like many other psychiatric issues anxiety disorders too can be managed on patients with the help of Behavioral Medicine and brain training. Parents of children suffering from anxiety disorders often mention that the social skills of their children are often affected by the disorders. Children often become withdrawn, unable to communicate with people around them and their social skills are also adversely affected.
Dr. Curtis Cripe a prominent Neuroscience and Neuro-engineering expert mentions that the cognitive skills in children suffering from anxiety disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), developmental delays can be improved with the help of Behavioral Medicine. He also believes that irrespective of the location of the patient Behavioral Medicine can prove to be helpful provided that the patient and the doctor interact regularly over phone or over the Internet. A major aspect of Behavioral Medicine is brain training. This involves exercises and therapies that induce the brain to improve the cognitive centers. This Neuropsychological treatment help the patient improve his or her cognitive skills, thereby helping the children develop better social skills as well. Some of the methods by which Behavioral Medicine can help children suffering from anxiety disorders are as follows:
- Identifying triggers: As a part of Behavioral Medicine regular counseling sessions are held for both the patient and his or her care giver. The counseling session helps the care giver evaluate the triggers that cause an episode in a child suffering from anxiety disorder. The care giver can then proactively work towards removing such triggers. Similarly, the child is also counseled regarding how he or she can avoid such triggers. However, a major part of Behavioral Medicine is teaching the child how to handle such triggers without having an attack. This requires behavior modification, which can be brought about with the help of brain training.
- Assisting families: An important part of Behavioral Medicine involves assisting families. Children suffering from anxiety disorders are often withdrawn and lack social skills. With the help of Behavioral Medicine the families of such children can be counseled regarding improving their children’s social skills. Behavioral modifications needs to be incorporated both amongst the children and the family members.
Thus, Behavioral Medicine can proof to be effective in helping children suffering from anxiety disorders. However, the instructions of the therapists must be followed thoroughly in order to ensure positive changes in the behavior of the child. Dr.Curtis Cripe believes that with the help of brain training, which is central to Behavioral Medicine, the cognitive skills of children suffering from anxiety disorders can be improved thereby helping them develop better social skills as well.