If ever I had a bad day as a kid, I treated my blues by watching 'Cheers.' There was no black mood that could withstand the comedy gold that was the romantic pairing of Sam "Mayday" Malone and Diane Chambers.
For the teens out there who are clinically depressed and can't find the easy relief that I found in three-camera network sitcoms, or even in a doctor-prescribed anti-depressant, there is still hope.
Studies show that pairing medication with talk therapy have helped some teens who do not respond to medication alone.
According to MedlinePlus:
There was a 54.8 percent response rate among those teens who switched to talk therapy plus either medication, compared to 40.5 percent for a medication switch alone.
One doctor who is putting these findings into practice is Dr. Jane Ripperger-Suhler, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Ripperger-Suhler said that every time she puts a teen on an antidepressant, she refers them for therapy anyway. The results of this trial might prompt primary-care doctors, who are more apt to write a prescription and do nothing else, to also recommend therapy, she said. (MedLinePlus)
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Dr. Jane Ripperger-Suhler specializes in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Pediatric Mental Health Services, and Psychiatry. She is board certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: General Psychiatry, and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She practices in Temple, Texas.