Neuroscience-based Treatment Program Proposed for Adolescent Depression

A study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience proposes a new model for the treatment of adolescents diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). The researchers, led by neuroscientist Eva Henje Blom in Sweden, remark that antidepressant treatment for mild to moderate depression in adolescents has not been shown to be effective and that there is the potential for short and long-term negative side-effects. Despite this, over 14% of US adolescents diagnosed with a primary mood disorder are currently being treated with antidepressants. In this paper, the researchers hope to promote a new approach and suggest a therapeutic training program that draws on neuroscience to target specific domains of function. Photo Credit: Abhijit Bhaduri, Flickr “The program prioritizes the core domains of function hypothesized to drive the pathophysiology of adolescent depression…

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