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Pediatric unipolar depression and pharmacotherapy: General principles

C Scott Moreland, DO
Liza Bonin, PhD
Section Editors
David Brent, MD
Diane Blake, MD
Deputy Editor
David Solomon, MD


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.

(See "Pediatric unipolar depression and pharmacotherapy: Choosing a medication".)

(See "Pediatric unipolar depression: Psychotherapy".)

(See "Overview of prevention and treatment for pediatric depression".)

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