How effective are antidepressants in treating teen depression?
A number of studies point to an increasing use of antidepressants in young people. But do they actually work?
Recent findings suggest that most newer antidepressants may reduce depression symptoms in a small and unimportant way compared with placebo with minimal differences in the reduction of symptoms between most antidepressants. The heterogeneous nature of the condition however means certain individuals may experience a greater response than others.
As per guideline recommendations, treatment with antidepressants should take a holistic approach to wellbeing, such as combining antidepressant treatment with other therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
SPARX is a computerised, self-help programme based on CBT, proven to be of benefit in people aged 13-19 with mild to moderate depression.