7 fundamentals for managing youth depression

A useful summary from the latest clinical practice guidelines

Managing depression in children and adolescents can be challenging, with doctors having to balance the tension between the goal of conservative intervention and the need for prompt symptom relief.

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Complicating the problem is an absence of evidence for the superiority of medication over psychotherapy, according to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Here is a useful summary of their latest clinical guidelines for managing youth depression in primary care:

  1. Assessment and treatment planning must go beyond the narrow diagnostic