Somatic treatment for depressive illnesses in children and adolescents

Robert L. Findling, Norah C. Feeny, Robert J. Stansbrey, Denise DelPorto-Bedoya, Christine Demeter

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Numerous somatic interventions have been studied as potential treatments of depressive disorders in children and adolescents. These include antidepressant medications, light therapy, electroconvulsive therapy, and alternative therapies. The available evidence suggests that several somatic interventions hold promise as potentially safe and effective treatments for depressed youth; however, there is still much to be learned about these interventions. This article reviews what is known and what needs to be learned about the somatic treatment of pediatric depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)555-578
Number of pages24
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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