Length of treatment and followup

The length of treatment varies considerably according to the nature of the presenting problem. Individual programmes for adolescents with conduct disorder are often lengthy, taking up to 25 or 30 weekly sessions. Programmes for children with episodic disorders such as depression tend to be shorter, at around 12 to 16 sessions within 8 weeks.(44) Versions of CBT with as few as eight sessions have been shown to be effective.(45)

Since many psychiatric disorders in children tend to be chronic, or relapsing and remitting, extended forms of CBT have also been developed. Two main varieties exist. The first involves a continuation of treatment after the acute phase of symptoms has improved. At that point the child enters into maintenance therapy, which typically involves CBT on a more intermittent basis than during the initial course of treatment. The development of continuation forms of CBT is at an early stage, but there is preliminary evidence indicating that it may help to prevent the relapse of some conditions, such as depression. (46) The second model involves periodic 'check-ups' in which the young person returns to the therapist from time to time.(32) Any return of symptoms can be treated at an early stage.

Funny Wiring Autism

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Autism is a developmental disorder that manifests itself in early childhood and affects the functioning of the brain, primarily in the areas of social interaction and communication. Children with autism look like other children but do not play or behave like other children. They must struggle daily to cope and connect with the world around them.

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