How long does my depressed teenage child need to take an antidepressant?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
How long your teenage child has to take antidepressants depends on the type and severity of depression she has. In some cases, medication is needed only for a short time. Other times, depression lasts a long time or keeps coming back. Then, antidepressants must be taken for a longer period. Keep in mind that it can take up to six weeks for an antidepressant to work effectively.

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