alexa Treatment-resistant depression in adolescents: review and updates on clinical management.


Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

Author(s): Maalouf FT, Atwi M, Brent DA

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Abstract Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) in adolescents is prevalent and impairing. We here review the definition, prevalence, clinical significance, risk factors, and management of TRD in adolescents. Risk factors associated with TRD include characteristics of depression (severity, level of hopelessness, and suicidal ideation), psychiatric and medical comorbidities, environmental factors (family conflict, maternal depression, and history of abuse), and pharmacokinetics and other biomarkers. Management options include review of the adequacy of the initial treatment, re-assessment for the above-noted factors that might predispose to treatment resistance, switching antidepressants, and augmentation with medication or psychotherapy. Other modalities, such as electroconvulsive therapy, vagal nerve stimulation, and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, are also reviewed. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. This article was published in Depress Anxiety and referenced in Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

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