Depression in Children and Teens (cont.)
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Besides taking medicine, other treatment for depression includes professional counseling and electroconvulsive therapy.
Complementary medicines such as St. John's wort have been used to treat depression in adults. But there is no evidence that these therapies are safe for use by children or teens.2 They can also interfere with other medicines, such as antidepressants.
Other treatment choices
What to think about
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) implant for treatment of depression in adults. This device may be used when other treatments for depression have not worked.
A generator the size of a pocket watch is placed in the chest. Wires go up the neck from the generator to the vagus nerve. The generator sends tiny electric shocks through the vagus nerve to that part of the brain that is believed to play a role in mood.
How well the VNS implant works for children has not been well studied, and the device is expensive.8
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