Talk Therapy May Be Worth It for Teen Depression

Talk therapy can be a cost-effective way to treat teens with depression who don’t take or stop using antidepressants, a new study finds.Antidepressants are typically used to treat depression, but up to half of families with a depressed child decide against using these medications, according to the researchers. In addition, nearly half of teens who do start taking antidepressants stop taking the drugs because of side effects, cost or lack of benefit.”Untreated or undertreated depression is a serious burd

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Depression Hits Teen Girls Especially Hard, And High Social Media Use Doesn’t Help : Shots – Health News : NPR

It’s tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pressures escalate and academic expectations loom large. Kids become more aware of their environment in the teen years — down the block and online. The whole mix of changes can increase stress, anxiety and the risk of depression among all teens, research has long shown.But a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests many more teenage girls in the U.S. may be experiencing major depressive episodes at this age than boys. And the numbers of teens affected took a particularly big jump after 2011, the scientists note, suggesting that the increasing dependence on social media by this age group may be exacerbating the problem.

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