Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 231 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Aug-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Aug-2004
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Combination treatment most effective in adolescents with depression
A clinical trial of 439 adolescents with major depression has found a combination of medication and psychotherapy to be the most effective treatment.  more

NIMH releases clinical research on medication and psychotherapy for treating depression in adolescents (TADS)
The Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS) was a multi-site clinical research study comparing short- and longer-term effectiveness of medication and psychotherapy for depression in adolescents aged 12 to 17. For the 439 participants studied in TADS, the trial was designed to test best-practice care for depression, also known as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). The first participant entered TADS in spring 2000 and the last one in the summer 2003.  more

Clinical trial information: Treatment for Adolescents With Depression Study (TADS)
TADS was designed to compare the effectiveness of established treatments for teenagers suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD). The treatments were: psychotherapy ("talking therapy"); medication; and the combination of psychotherapy and medication.  more


Clinical trial information: Treatment Of Resistant Depression In Adolescents (TORDIA)
This is a study of depression in adolescents, ages 12 to 18, who are currently taking a prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant medication but are still experiencing depression. The purpose of the study is to determine how best to treat adolescents with depression that is "resistant" to the first SSRI they have tried.  more

Clinical trial information: Treatment of Adolescent Suicide Attempters (TASA)
The purpose of this study is to compare the effects of three types of treatments for depressed teenagers who have attempted suicide.  more

Information for parents: Treatment of children with mental disorders
This booklet contains answers to frequently asked questions about the treatment of mental disorders in children -- includes a medications chart.  more

Information for parents: Your child and medication
One in ten of America's children has an emotional disturbance such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression or anxiety, that can cause unhappiness for the child and problems at home, at play, and at school. Many of these children will be taken by their parents to their family physician or pediatrician, or, in many cases, a specialist in child mental health. The child will be carefully evaluated and may begin some type of therapy. There are many treatment options available. Choosing the right treatment for your child is very important. Each child is different. At times, psychotherapies, behavioral strategies, and family support may be very effective. In some cases, medications are needed to help the child become more able to cope with everyday activities.  more

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