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July 2006

Screens and Doors: The Management of Adolescent Depression in Primary Care

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(7):755-756. doi:10.1001/archpedi.160.7.755

The article by Zuckerbrot and Jensen1 is both timely and thought-provoking. It is timely because all of us, both pediatricians and psychiatrists, are struggling to figure out how best to treat adolescent depression in light of the Food and Drug Administration “black box” warning and overall concerns about antidepressants. It is thought-provoking because this article explicitly conveys high expectations for the role of the pediatrician in the identification and management of depression and implicitly leads us to consider how primary care resources should best be allocated to ensure optimal psychosocial development for our pediatric patients.

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