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Teen depression explored


Over two million teens suffer with depression in the US. Medicating those teens has long been controversial. In the latest issue of Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, the latest research on antidepressant medications and appropriate therapeutic strategies has been reviewed. The issue is available online.

“There are no radically new treatments on the horizon for the treatment of depression, and so we have to do better with the treatments we have available,” says Graham J. Emslie, MD, Director of Child Psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. “Few youths with depression receive adequate treatment.”

The entire issues review the controversy, relevant research data, and the challenges and opportunities specific to teen depression. Some of the new drugs and treatment strategies include psycho-stimulants, SSRIs, mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics. New research is included on diagnosis and treatment of adolescent specific anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, bipolar disorder and eating disorders. Researchers evaluate new and refill antidepressant prescribing practices from both before and after warnings were issued for teen suicide risk on some antidepressants. The impact of insomnia for teens who take some pharmaceuticals is also explored.

“Depression is a major public health concern among young people, particularly teens, but many people have a hard time talking about it,” says Harold S Koplewicz, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the online magazine and President, Child Mind Institute, New York. “Advancing research is one way we can work to change a culture of denial that too often stands in the way of effective and sometimes life-saving treatment.”

Source: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

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