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What Does the Research Say?A large study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) compared the short- and longer-term effectiveness of medication and psychotherapy for depression in teenagers ages 12 to 17. This study showed that fluoxetine and cognitive-behavioral therapy combined produced the best success rate in treating depression in adolescents. Seventy-one percent of the participants who received both medication and talk therapy improved after 12 weeks of treatment.
Medication alone was also an effective treatment -- 61 percent of participants improved after receiving only medication. Forty-four percent of participants improved following treatment with cognitive-behavioral therapy alone, while 35 percent of people improved after receiving clinical management with a placebo.