Medications for Depression in Teens

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Is your child on prescription drugs for depression? Are you aware of all the potential benefits and/or side effects?
Air Date: 1/22/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Linda Reid-Chassiakos, MD
Linda reid chassiaskosYolanda (Linda) Reid Chassiakos is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine, she is the Director of the Klotz Student Health Center at California State University Northridge, and a founding member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Media Resource Team.
Medications for Depression in Teens
As many as one in 13 adolescents experience symptoms of depression at some time.

These symptoms may be hard for parents to recognize; but when normal sadness turns into despair and persists for weeks and even months, it can be a sign of this worrisome emotional disorder.

Depression is a syndrome in which an individual feels discouraged, hopeless, miserable, and despondent. It can occur at any age.

When a child has depression, there are things parents can do to help.

Encouraging healthy habits, considering the environment, educating the family, helping your child develop cognitive, coping and problem-solving skills, rehearsing good behavior and social skills, and creating a safety and emergency plan can all be extremely helpful in alleviating some of the symptoms and preventing the situation from becoming deadly.

Sometimes these tactics can only go so far, however, and at that point you may need to enlist the aid of prescription medications.

Dr. Linda Reid-Chassiakos joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the different medications available for depression in children and teens. Dr. Reid-Chassiakos goes over their benefits and possible side effects so you, as a parent, can make a more informed decision on the best ways to help your child.
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