Lancaster pediatrician Dr. Pia Fenimore identifies the importance of treating childhood and adolescent depression as a team effort; that is, all parties in the child’s life must work together to help. As she weighs the negative side effects of antidepressants in children, she acknowledges what statistics say: combination therapy (medication and therapy) works well, but meds must be carefully monitored.
According to Dr. Pia, the prognosis is good; and, I am inclined to agree. Just as important as therapy and compliance to a doctor’s medical recommendation is lifestyle. What kinds of foods is your child eating? How much sleep is s/he getting? How does s/he spend free time (TV/video games are generally not recommended as this encourages a sedentary lifestyle)?
Read Dr. Pia’s article here.