Depression at a young age: psychotherapy helps better than pills

An Australian study has revealed that young people should be treated with depression best to start with psychotherapy. In the clinical study showed that the additional administration of an antidepressant or a placebo, resulted in no improvement.

153 persons with Depression at the age of 15 to 25 years received over twelve weeks of cognitive-behavioral therapy either in combination with the popular antidepressant fluoxetine or to a Placebo-drug. At the end of the treatment, no significant differences in the symptoms between the two groups were identified, which the researchers did not conclude that the additional intake of fluoxetine affected the psychological symptoms of the participants. The results were in the journal "The Lancet Psychiatry" published.

This does not mean, however, that antidepressants should not be used in the treatment of depression. Davey keeps you but rather for older patients. "Antidepressants can be for some people very useful. Anyone thinking of antidepressants for its treatment, this should besprechen&quot with his doctor or his Doctor;, Professor Christopher Davey, head of the research division of mood disorders at National centre of excellence for mental youth health in Australia says. The message of the study, however, is that young people with Depression should be given first a psychotherapy.