Clinical messages from the treatment for adolescents with depression study (TADS)

John S. March, Benedetto Vitiello

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Objective: The purpose of this report was to summarize the key clinical messages from the Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS). Methods: TADS is a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded randomized controlled trial designed to evaluate the relative effectiveness of fluoxetine, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and the combination of fluoxetine plus CBT across acute treatment, maintenance treatment, and naturalistic follow-up periods among adolescents with major depressive disorder. Results: Findings revealed that 6 to 9 months of combined fluoxetine plus CBT should be the modal treatment from a public health perspective as well as to maximize benefits and minimize harms for individual patients. Conclusion: The combination of fluoxetine and CBT appears to be superior to both CBT monotherapy and fluoxetine monotherapy as a treatment for moderate to severe major depressive disorder in adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1118-1123
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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