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Depression: Safe & Appropriate Use of SSRIs in Children & Teens

April 30, 201315 min
Host: Peter S. Jensen, MD

Depression in children and teenagers is a common problem and the statistics of depression in this group is very high approximately 15%. Host Dr. Peter Jensen welcomes Dr. John Huxsahl to discuss the EMERALD project, which is innovative care team model at Mayo Clinic that includes a psychiatrist, registered nurse, behavioral health manager, and social worker. The EMERALD projects is designed to help primary care physicians become more comfortable in identifying and diagnosing depression in adolescent patients and in managing their care. Dr. Huxsahl explains the importance of monitoring symptoms of depression in the primary care offices, reviewing medications and adverse effects and setting behavioral activation goals. Dr. Huxsahl is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services and the Director of Child Mood Disorders Clinic at Mayo Clinic.

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