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Suggest medication for major depressive disorder in children

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Posted on Mon, 16 May 2016
Question: what RX should be given to 12 year old with mdd
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
A number of factors need to be considered.

Detailed Answer:
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There are a number of factors to consider before prescribing medicines for Major depressive disorder (MDD). Although you are asking about pharmacotherapy (treatment with medicines), psychotherapy plays an important role.

To determine what management should be given to a 12 year old with MDD, certain guidelines need to be followed. I am providing links to such guidelines so that you can determine the feasibility:
https://psychiatryonline.org/pb/assets/raw/sitewide/practice_guidelines/guidelines/mdd.pdf
http://psychiatryonline.org/pb/assets/raw/sitewide/practice_guidelines/guidelines/mdd-guide.pdf

I would not consider age to be the limiting factor. Please note that such medicines should only be taken under proper guidance and follow up from a psychiatrist.

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Brief Answer: A number of factors need to be considered. Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. There are a number of factors to consider before prescribing medicines for Major depressive disorder (MDD). Although you are asking about pharmacotherapy (treatment with medicines), psychotherapy plays an important role. To determine what management should be given to a 12 year old with MDD, certain guidelines need to be followed. I am providing links to such guidelines so that you can determine the feasibility: https://psychiatryonline.org/pb/assets/raw/sitewide/practice_guidelines/guidelines/mdd.pdf http://psychiatryonline.org/pb/assets/raw/sitewide/practice_guidelines/guidelines/mdd-guide.pdf I would not consider age to be the limiting factor. Please note that such medicines should only be taken under proper guidance and follow up from a psychiatrist. Regards