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CNS Spectr. 2007 Feb;12(2):135-44.

Psychosocial treatment of depression and suicidality in adolescents.

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  • 1Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY 10032, USA.


Depression is a common disorder among adolescents and is associated with a high risk of suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States. Currently, there are only two evidence-based psychotherapies for adolescence depression: cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy. Furthermore, psychosocial interventions that specifically target suicidal behavior in adolescents are even fewer in number than treatments for depression. This article will review the psychosocial interventions for depression and suicidality in adolescents and will describe a recently developed treatment that is under study for depressed suicidal adolescents.

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