Researchers from Australia reviewed the existing literature for good-quality evidence of effective prevention and treatment of depression in young people. Prevention research was dominated by CBT, and treatment by CBT and SSRI trials. There was minimal empirical support for antidepressant treatment in young people. There were few trials of other psychological interventions or complementary/alternative treatments, and a particular lack of research on relapse prevention or treatment for persistent depression. Results appear in Depression Research and Treatment.
From the article: This framework for early intervention relies on the effective implementation of evidence-based practice. However, evidence-based interventions are far from universally delivered, with research indicating, for example, that antidepressant medications with minimal empirical support are prescribed to young people in high numbers [24, 25]. Having access to, and being familiar with, the best available evidence is a critical step in improving the uptake of evidence-based practice.
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