You can find new stories here. Therapy is still the best course of treatment for childhood depression. It’s notoriously hard to treat depression in antidepressants teens—the antidepressants we rely on to treat adults seem to be less effective and more dangerous when used on younger minds.
The only drug to pass the test was fluoxetine, sold in the U. It outperformed all other antidepressants in both efficacy and tolerability, a term that researchers use to mean how often patients had to quit the drug due to negative side effects. Prozac is also the only antidepressant approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat depression in people under 18. That’s because the FDA has deemed that Prozac has demonstrated benefits that outweigh one of the suspected downsides of antidepressants in kids and teens: disrupting brain development.