Because depression in teenagers and children is due to a neurochemical imbalance different types of medication options are available. It's very important to talk to your medical doctor or your health professional to find out what individual medication may work best for your child. Because we do know that depression has a genetic component, oftentimes the medications that are useful for another family member are also helpful for the child. It's also very important for parents to know that if they start a medication with their child stay in very close contact with their physician, so that they can describe different signs and symptoms or particular side effects. It's also very important to know that sometimes the first medication is not always the best medication. It's a process, but as long as you work closely with your physician you can find the right medication for your child. This is just a brief overview of some of the medication options and strategies when we're working with childhood depression.