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a review of the evidence 2006. A new review is expected in 2011- we will update it when this is out.

People with depression are very sad over a long period of time and can see no way forward.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Likely to help
Learning and practising new ways of thinking and behaving to make life easier for you and others.
Can be helpful where difficulties are not too severe. Because people get depressed again, it may help to have a few meetings even after you are feeling better, to stop this happening.
Interpersonal Therapy
Likely to help
Very likely to help
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Likely to help
Systemic Family Therapy
Likely to help
Watchful Waiting
Likely to help

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  • You may have been told you have one or more of the difficulties.
  • You are not alone. Millions of children and young people in the UK have difficulties like these at any one time. 
  • If you want to know more, or to talk to someone about a particular worry or difficulty, try useful information and resources.  
  • We are all different; what helps others may not help you.
  • You may need to try more than one thing.
  • Never be afraid to ask questions or to tell people how you are finding things.
  • Our knowledge is still growing - check these links for the latest info.
  • There may be other ways of helping not yet tested by scientists that might help you.