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A study conducted on management of depression in youths found that overuse and improper use of antidepressant medication has been the forefront of treatment of mental illness in this age group. Recommendations by authorities are that adolescents be treated with a combination of counselling and drugs, of which, very few antidepressants have been cleared for use in people of this age range. The researchers believe that the treatment of teenage depression, which influences suicide in a third of the 2-8% of the young population affected by depressive illness, needs to be re-evaluated according to new drug therapy available and official guidelines. Psychotherapy should always be the first line of defence, with pharmacotherapy considered for later treatment or resistant cases in addition to counselling.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by EurekAlert
About: Research finds inappropriate treatment of adolescent depression
Date: 16 November 2005
Author: Stanford University Medical Center
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