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Psychosocial Treatment of Depression and Suicidality in Adolescents

  • Anat Brunstein Klomek and Barbara Stanley

Abstract

Depression is a common disorder among adolescents and is associated with a high risk of suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States. Currently, there are only two evidence-based psychotherapies for adolescence depression: cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy. Furthermore, psychosocial interventions that specifically target suicidal behavior in adolescents are even fewer in number than treatments for depression. This article will review the psychosocial interventions for depression and suicidality in adolescents and will describe a recently developed treatment that is under study for depressed suicidal adolescents.

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Please direct all correspondence to: Anat Brunstein Klomek, PhD, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Department of Psychiatry, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 72, New York, NY 10032; E-mail: klomeka@childpsych.columbia.edu.

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