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Treatment for major depression

Antidepressent treatment (Fluextine 10 mg - 20 mg for 6 months, then Fluvoxamine 25mg - 50 mg for 3 months, then again Fluextine 20 mg - 40 mg for 2 months) resulted in very little improvement to my 13 year old daughter who is suffering from major depression for the last 1 year. Should we continue the antidepressent treatment or go for TMS, DBS, VNS or other therapies, if possible right now ?
Asked On : Mon, 15 Mar 2010
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you need to wait for atleast 6 months before jumping into major procedures like deep brain stimulation etc as these carry a major morbidity risk.....i would advise you to get her treated with another drug after consulting your psychiatrist about it. And allow at least 3 months for it to bring about maximum action. Also environmental rehabilitation is mandatory so she can have a better response. If still there is no improvement then the alternattive procedures can be sougth. I hope i have answered your query. Take care and wishing your daughter a faster improvement
Answered: Fri, 2 Dec 2011
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Hi.. The treatment of depression is mainly in the form of cognitive behavioural therapies.. Medical drugs are only supportive... Hence if you consider symptoms are severe, consult a psychiatrist, who can advise you the best treatment option after an examination...

Answered: Thu, 18 Mar 2010
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