Pediatric unipolar depression and pharmacotherapy: General principles
- C Scott Moreland, DO
C Scott Moreland, DO
- Clinical Assistant Professor
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Liza Bonin, PhD
Liza Bonin, PhD
- Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Section Editors
- David Brent, MD
David Brent, MD
- Section Editor — Childhood Mental Disorders
- Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Epidemiology
- University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
- Diane Blake, MD
Diane Blake, MD
- Section Editor — Adolescent Medicine
- Professor of Pediatrics
- University of Massachusetts Medical School
- John K Triedman, MD
John K Triedman, MD
- Section Editor — Pediatric Cardiology
- Professor of Pediatrics
- Harvard Medical School
There are several general principles for prescribing pharmacotherapy to children and adolescents with unipolar depression. Following these principles may improve outcomes [1-3].
This topic reviews the general principles of administering pharmacotherapy to pediatric patients with depressive disorders. Choosing a drug and the efficacy of antidepressants in depressed youth is discussed separately, as are psychosocial treatments for adolescent depression, an overview of treating pediatric depression, and the effect of antidepressant medications on suicide risk in children and adolescents.
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