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Receipt of Psychotherapy by Adolescents Taking Antidepressants

T wo recent major randomized
clinical trials of adolescent depression
treatment, the Treatment for
Adolescents with Depression Study
(1) and the Treatment of SSRI-Resistant
Depression in Adolescents
(TORDIA) Randomized Controlled
Trial (2), have found enhanced efficacy
and safety from combining cognitive-behavioral
therapy with antidepressant
This column presents data on the
percentage of children with Medicaid
or private insurance taking antidepressants
with and without psychotherapy.
Low rates of psychotherapy
receipt may signal opportunities
for improving the quality of depression
treatment for adolescents


Mark, T. (2008). Receipt of Psychotherapy by Adolescents Taking Antidepressants. Psychiatric Services, 59(9), 963.