Cognitive-behavioral treatment for depression in adolescents
Rohde, Paul (2005) Cognitive-behavioral treatment for depression in adolescents. Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 1 (1). ISSN 0973-1342
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The goal of this article is to briefly review and summarize the rationale and research support for cognitivebehavioral therapy (CBT) as a treatment for depressed adolescents. A primary focus of the paper is on our group CBT treatment for adolescent depression, entitled “The Adolescent Coping with Depression Course”. In addition, initial findings from a large, recently-completed study contrasting individual CBT with fluoxetine for depressed adolescents (Treatment of Adolescents with Depression Study) are presented. Although the research support for CBT as a treatment for depressed adolescents is generally encouraging, we need to better understand which depressed adolescents benefit from CBT, how and when to incorporate medication and family-based interventions into CBT treatment, how to treat depressed adolescents with comorbid psychiatric conditions, and how CBT interventions fare with non-European-American depressed adolescents.
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