Modifying CBT to meet the developmental and clinical needs of adolescents with depression

Modifying CBT to meet the developmental and clinical needs of adolescents with depression

At least three months of CBT is recommended as a first-line treatment for moderate to severe depression in adolescents in the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline – Depression in children and young people: Identification and management that covers the management of depressive disorders among 5-18 year olds.1 It is also recommended for persistent mild depression that is unresponsive to lower intensity treatments (group CBT, non‑directed supported therapy, or guided self-help).