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Treatments for depression in children & young people

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There are some treatments that are known to work well for depression in young people. There are also other treatments that aren't well studied but some people find them useful.

Medication use in people under 20 is controversial. Your general practice or psychiatric team will talk to you more about this. If you're prescribed medication, you can go to for information about common medications, including what they're used for and what their side effects are.

Consider doing an online training course about depression. These courses can encourage you to get help, help you understand your illness, and motivate you with goals. Online courses are useful for everyone, but they're especially useful if you live rurally or if transport is a problem. Health professionals recommend the SPARX online course. You can find information about SPARX in the following pamphlets:

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed April 2018.

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