Depression in Teens Often Returns
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2010 Nov 12
Researchers now report that nearly 50% of teens who were successfully treated for depression for 12 weeks--using Prozac alone, cognitive-behavior therapy alone or a combination of both--relapsed within five years. Girls were more likely than boys to become depressed again, the study showed.
But the most surprising finding was that the type of treatment did not affect the recurrenc rate, even though the scientists had expected the combination therapy to be more effective in preventing future depressive episodes.