Treating adolescents for major depression can lower their risk for abusing drugs later in life, according to researchers from Duke University.
“It turned out that whatever they responded to – cognitive behavioral therapy, Prozac, both treatments, or a placebo – if they did respond within 12 weeks, they were less likely to develop a drug-use disorder,” said lead researcher John Curry, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.
In a study of 192 adolescents diagnosed with depression, only 10 percent reported abusing drugs within five years of successful treatment for their disorder. But for those whose treatment failed, about 25 percent abused drugs.
Researchers noted that treating depression did not affect whether teens abused alcohol.
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