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Psychiatry and Developmental Neuroscience: Guiding Principles From Research on Anxiety

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 8/20/2015

Expiration Date: 8/20/2018

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Physician: 1
  • Participation: 1

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This course will review research in three areas, starting with a broad overview of major symptomatic aspects of pediatric anxiety disorders as well as aspects of their longitudinal outcome. Next the course will review data from available randomized controlled trials in pediatric anxiety disorder, including discussion of data on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and cognitive behavioral therapy in randomized controlled trials of pediatric anxiety disorders. Issues related to the safety of SSRIs will be briefly discussed. Finally, the course will include an in-depth review of cutting-edge research in affective neuroscience, discussing the implications such research carries for future work in child psychiatry. Presenters will consider the potential adverse effects of medication as well as future novel therapies. Two processes will be examined: attention and extinction. In the first area, work on attention provides novel insights for computer-based attention retraining therapies that will target sub-cortical contributors to anxiety. In the second area, work on extinction may target an underlying learning-related deficit found in pediatric anxiety disorders.

**This content was captured at the 2014 APA Annual Meeting


  • General Member - $12.50
  • Resident-Fellow Member - Free
  • Medical Student Member - $12.50
  • Non-Member - $25.00

Educational Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic symptomatic courses of pediatric anxiety
  • Demonstrate knowledge of components of the neural circuit that give rise to anxiety
  • Demonstrate how understanding this circuit informs novel therapeutics 

Target Audience

Residents/Fellows and Psychiatrists

Estimated Time to Complete

1 Hour

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 50% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the date of completion and hours earned. 


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Chair and Presenter:

  • Daniel S. Pine, M.D., National Institute of Health | Disclosure: Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests

Program Planners:

  • Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association | Disclsoure: Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests
  • Ricardo Juarez, Associate Director, Office of International Affairs, American Psychiatric Association | Disclosure: Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests

Hardware/Software Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+ 
  • Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+ 
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
  • Macintosh:  Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit

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