Depressive Disorder


Antidepressants and Suicidal Ideation in Young People: A Practical Approach

In October of 2004, the FDA announced to drug companies that they should add black-box warnings about the risk of suicidal behavior in children and adolescents started on antidepressants. How have these black-box warnings affected clinical practice over the past decade?

Diagnosing Depression in Children and Adolescents

Today, the idea that adolescents and children, even young children, can have a major depressive disorder is widely accepted. This article presents a series of case studies to illustrate ways of evaluating depression in children. 

Insomnia and Mood Disorders in Adolescents

Insomnia and sleep disturbance are common symptoms of depression in adults, but this is not always the case in adolescents. In fact, a group of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh who studied insomnia in depressed teens found that, compared to adults, insomnia in adolescents is different—very different.

Research Update

To Prevent Depression in Teens, Teach about Change

Transitioning to high school can be a tough time, and studies have shown that teenagers are increasingly likely to have symptoms of depression over the course of their freshman year of school. Now an intriguing study seems to show that a simple intervention can ease these symptoms quite effectively. 

Does Dose Matter When it Comes to Antidepressants and Self-Harm?

Concerns about the possible risk of suicide in young people taking antidepressants are often voiced by experts and parents. But how much of a role does dosage play in the risk of suicide and self-harm among young people on antidepressants?