TITLE

Antidepressants and Alternative Approaches to Helping Children and Adolescents Struggling With Depression

AUTHOR(S)
Johnson, Thomas B.
PUB. DATE
November 2010
SOURCE
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;2010, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p238
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article develops the thesis that feelings of unhappiness and depression are an inherent and unavoidable part of being alive. Depression should not necessarily be seen as a medical illness or as a type of mental illness. Of course, frequently occurring feelings of depression that create distress and dysfunction should be properly evaluated before developing potentially effective interventions. Mainstream perspectives offered by the National Institute of Mental Health and alternative perspectives on both the nature of depression and ways of supporting individuals struggling with depression are offered in this article. Antidepressants are now the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States. Critical reviews of the value of antidepressants have found them lacking both in terms of efficacy and safety. Effective and safe interventions should be based on accurate assessments of what is contributing to disabling and recurrent feelings of depression. Appropriate evaluation of sleep patterns, exercise, nutrition, stress factors, cognitive factors, medical illnesses, and so on, need to be conducted as a foundation for developing appropriate interventions. Any effective intervention needs to be based on the well-established medical dictum, "first, do no harm."
ACCESSION #
55583487

 

Related Articles

  • Facing the evidence: antidepressant treatment in children and adolescents. Garland, E. Jane // CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/17/2004, Vol. 170 Issue 4, p489 

    Discusses the nature of antidepressant treatment in children and adolescents. Nature of depression in childhood and adolescence; Characterization of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors therapy for young people with depression; Adverse effects of antidepressants on young patients.

  • Depressed teens fly under radar. Appleton, Kevin // New Zealand Doctor;2/24/2010, p23 

    The article focuses on teenage depression, which occurs at least once before 18 years-old in 24% of New Zealand teenagers. This kind of depression usually presents itself when a teenager shows unexplained academic failure, become irritable and experience lack of enjoyment, energy and motivation....

  • On Drugs, Therapy, and Depression. Wyatt, W. Joseph // Behavior Analysis Digest;Summer2004, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p8 

    Discusses research being done on the effect of cognitive-behavioral therapy on the brain activity of clinically depressed adults. Reference to a study by Helen Mayberg et al., published in the 2004 issue of "Archives of General Psychiatry"; Factors that alleviate depression by lowering brain...

  • A Different Way OF HEALING. Pepper, Tara // Newsweek (Atlantic Edition);6/21/2004 (Atlantic Edition), Vol. 143 Issue 25, p57 

    Discusses the treatment of depression in adolescents. Comparison of treatment with drugs versus treatment with psychotherapy; Problems diagnosing depression in adolescence; Reference to a study conducted by the United States National Institute of Mental Health that reported on the benefits of a...

  • Diagnosing and Treating Depression in Adolescents. Wilkinson, Paul O. // European Paediatrics;2010, Vol. 4, p77 

    This article describes depression in adolescents. Depression is a common psychiatric syndrome of low mood/irritability/lack of pleasure, with associated physical and cognitive symptoms. This article aims to help paediatricians to recognise more cases of depression. It describes how to diagnose...

  • TEENS, DRUGS, AND SADNESS. Shute, Nancy // U.S. News & World Report;8/30/2004, Vol. 137 Issue 6, p36 

    Discusses methods of treating depression in teenagers. Benefits from using a combination of psychotherapy and Prozac, a popular brand of the antidepressant drug class known as SSRIs; Recognition that clinical depression is as common in children as it is in adults; Discussion of the risk of...

  • Prescribing Antidepressants: Writing a Prescription is the Easiest Part. Boylan, Khrista // Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry;Winter2016, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p3 

    An introduction is presented in which the editor discusses various reports within the issue on topics including usage of antidepressants which is based on the evidence of Canadian Agency for Drugs, and the use of non-pharmacologic treatments for youth depression.

  • Treatment with escitalopram but not desipramine decreases escape latency times in a learned helplessness model using juvenile rats. Reed, Abbey L.; Anderson, Jeffrey C.; Bylund, David B.; Petty, Frederick; El Refaey, Hesham; Happe, H. Kevin // Psychopharmacology;Aug2009, Vol. 205 Issue 2, p249 

    The pharmacological treatment of depression in children and adolescents is different from that of adults due to the lack of efficacy of certain antidepressants in the pediatric age group. Our current understanding of why these differences occur is very limited. To develop more effective...

  • A critical evaluation of the role of cognitive behaviour therapy in children and adolescents with depression. Delaney, Maura // Cognitive Behaviour Therapist;Jun2009, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p83 

    Depressive disorders are relatively common in adolescents although less so in younger children. They accrue significant morbidity and frequent long-term sequelae as well as increased suicide risk in sufferers. Evidence-based treatment of depression in children and adolescents is the subject of...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics