Refusal to go to school is a relatively common occurrence, affecting one
out of every 100 children and adolescents. In depressed or anxious kids, that
number is much higher -- as high as one in four, and in some cases even
greater, experts say.
A new study shows that behavioral therapy in combination with medication
can help these adolescents return to school, but depression may persist.
Researchers encourage parents to seek help, find out why the child doesn't
want to go to school, and try therapy before using a medication.