Research shows that children of parents with depression and anxiety disorders are up to seven times more likely than others to develop depression and anxiety themselves. But USA Today reported that two new studies suggest that cognitive behavioral therapy can reduce the risk of mental health problems in children and teens. In cognitive behavioral therapy, patients learn how to change the way they think about and react to depressing or upsetting events. Learn more about the ways cognitive behavioral therapy and children are connected. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Children Because depression and anxiety usually surface during a person\u2019s teen years, adolescence is the best time to try to prevent these mental health issues. According to Judy Garber of Nashville\u2019s Vanderbilt University, about one in five teens experience depression by age 18. Depressed children are more likely to have trouble in school are at an increased risk for suicide and substance abuse, she said. Garber studied 316 teens whose parents had a history of depression, and all of the teens had experienced depression in the past or were currently having some symptoms of depression. Half of the teens were assigned to attend eight weekly group sessions with other teenagers. After nine months, the teens who attended group therapy were less likely to experience depression than teens who didn\u2019t receive therapy. The therapy didn\u2019t help for teens whose parents were currently depressed. In addition to a genetic predisposition to depression, children may also inherit their parents\u2019 negative attitudes. Furthermore, children may feel lost because their parents aren\u2019t able to give them the support and encouragement they need, says Bryan King, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Seattle Children\u2019s Hospital. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children\u2019s Center conducted a small study on children who weren\u2019t yet having anxiety problems but whose parents had anxiety disorders. Half of the kids, ages 7 to 12, and their parents participated in an eight-week course of cognitive behavioral therapy. In the sessions, parents learned how to identify things that might be making their children anxious, like being overprotective or worrying out loud. Children also learned coping skills. After a year, none of the children in therapy has developed anxiety disorders, whereas 30 percent of the children who didn\u2019t receive therapy did. Golda Ginsburg, lead author of the study, said that while few insurers pay for cognitive behavioral therapy, she hopes her study will provide evidence that it\u2019s worth the investment. Get Treatment for Your Child Today For far too long, treatment specialists have been directing therapy options predominantly towards adults. It's time to talk about getting children the therapy they need. At Promises Behavioral Health, we offer a variety of mental health treatment options, including: \tDepression treatment \tAnxiety treatment \tPersonality disorder treatment \tEating disorder treatment \tMood disorder treatment Cognitive behavioral therapy for children can make all the difference for the rest of their lives. To learn more about our treatment options, or about cognitive behavioral therapy and children, call our experts at today. Your child doesn't have to live with untreated mental health needs anymore.