Somatic treatment for depressive illnesses in children and adolescents

Robert L. Findling, Norah C. Feeny, Robert J. Stansbrey, Denise DelPorto-Bedoya, Christine Demeter

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Numerous somatic interventions have been studied as potential treatments of depressive disorders in children and adolescents. These include antidepressant medications, light therapy, electroconvulsive therapy, and alternative therapies. The available evidence suggests that several somatic interventions hold promise as potentially safe and effective treatments for depressed youths; however, there is still much to be learned about these interventions. This article reviews what is known and what needs to be learned about the somatic treatment of pediatric depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-137
Number of pages25
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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