Treating childhood depression

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Treating childhood depression

The good news is that we can really help kids who experience depression. The treatment needs to be comprehensive; which means, we start with the individual child. In my experience, almost all teens benefit from individual counseling or therapy. Then, we will work with the family as well. We will work with the school, if the child has been having problems in school. We may use medication. In my experience, the medication alone, is rarely adequate for these complex child psychiatric disorders. It should only be used as a component of a comprehensive treatment plan.

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David Fassler, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

David Fassler, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist practicing in Burlington, Vermont. A graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, he completed his training in adult psychiatry at the University of Vermont, and in child psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as clinical director of Otter Creek Associates, a multidisciplinary practice providing comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Dr. Fassler is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont, and the Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families.

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