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What are treatment options for children with depression?

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Treatment options for children with depression are similar to those for adults, including psychotherapy (counseling) and medication. Your child's health care provider may suggest psychotherapy first, and consider antidepressant medicine as an additional option if symptoms are especially severe or if psychotherapy alone doesn't help enough. Currently, there are no good studies show that medication is more effective than psychotherapy in children.

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National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 2, 2020

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National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 2, 2020

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