Are antidepressants appropriate and effective for children?

Except for fluoxetine, antidepressants are ineffective in children and adolescents, according to findings from a systematic review involving four Australian mental health research centres. Fluoxetine is the only one of 14 antidepressants that performed better than placebo in reducing depressive symptoms, the review and network meta-analysis shows as reported by the Medical Observer. The study, involving 5260 patients aged from nine to 18 years in 34 randomised trials, was conducted …

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Dr Sarah Hetrick to present on treatment or prevention of depression of young people

Dr Sarah Hetrick, Senior Research Fellow, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health will present at the 16th International Mental Health Conference at QT Hotel, Gold Coast 12-14 August 2015. Dr Hetrick is a clinical psychologist and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, Melbourne University and headspace The National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Within the Centre …

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Help available for depressed teens, parents

Article published by The Murray Valley Standard 18 May 2015 Parents concerned about their children’s mental health have a new avenue through which to find help. Youth mental health organisation Headspace has extended its support line to parents, as well as adolescents, after publication of research found family members influenced young people who were considering seeking help for their problems. After compiling responses from 31,000 young people across Australia, Headspace …

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Monash doctors trial transcranial magnetic stimulation on depressed teenagers

Published by Sydney Morning Herald 19 April 2015 by Julia Medew In a world first trial, Melbourne doctors have started beaming magnetic fields into the brains of depressed teenagers in the hope it will treat their illness and improve their cognitive function. Head of Child Psychiatry at Monash Health, Michael Gordon, said his team was recruiting 40 adolescents with severe depression to see if 20 sessions of magnetic stimulation over four weeks would improve their mental …

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