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Coping Skills May Reduce Teen Depression

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Can Cut Depression in Teens, Study Says

CBT Not Widely Available

Duke University psychology professor John Curry, PhD, was a co-author of the 2007 study showing cognitive behavioral therapy combined with an antidepressant to be more effectiveness than either treatment given alone.

Curry tells WebMD that behavioral intervention programs are not widely available to depressed teens and teens at risk for depression.

“Cognitive behavioral therapy is still not taught in a lot of graduate programs and it is not easy to find therapists who do it,” he says.

Most depressed teens who are treated receive either antidepressants alone or antidepressants with conventional psychotherapy, and most at-risk teens receive no treatment at all, Curry says.

“In teens, a big part of the problem is that symptoms aren’t recognized for what they are. They are dismissed as the normal problems associated with growing up,” he says. “If we can identify kids who are at risk, that is a big part of the battle.”

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