Medications Used in Treating Adolescent Depression or Anxiety

Some adolescents will need antidepressant medication to help them through a major depression. The most commonly used antidepressants are SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. It is important that some form of psychotherapy be used in conjunction with any medications. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven to be the most effective for adolescents. Family therapy is also an important part of treatment for teens with depression or other mood disorders.

Brand NameAnafranil

BuSpar

Effexor

Luvox (SSRI)

Paxil (SSRI)

Prozac (SSRI)

Serzone (SSRI)

Sinequan

Tofranil

Wellbutrin

Zoloft

Generic Nameclomipramine

buspirone

venlafaxin

fluvoxamine

paroxetine

Fluoxetine

nefazodone

doxepin

imipramine

bupropion

setraline

Approved AgeAges 10 and older

18 and older

18 and older

8 and older

18 and older

18 and older

18 and older

12 and older

6 and older

18 and older

6 and older

Medications Used as Mood Stabilizers in Adolescents

Brand NameCibalith-S

Depakote

Eskalith

Lithobid

Tegretol

Generic Namelithium citrate

divalproex sodium

lithium carbonate

lithium carbonate

carbamazepine

Approved Age12 and older

2 and older (seizures)

12 and older

12 and older

any age (seizures)