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What are the risks of not treating my childs depression with medicine?

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In brief: Depending on age:

Untreated depression increases the chance of risky behaviors such as drug or alcohol addiction.
It also can ruin peer/family relationships, cause problems at school, and make it difficult to overcome serious illnesses or cause illness.

In brief: Depending on age:

Untreated depression increases the chance of risky behaviors such as drug or alcohol addiction.
It also can ruin peer/family relationships, cause problems at school, and make it difficult to overcome serious illnesses or cause illness.
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Although medications can be highly useful in treating depression, they are not the only proven approach, especially with older children and adolescents. Effective talk therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be enough; if not, studies show that it plus medications have the best overall short- and long-term results.
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