Aggressive behavior and learning difficulties as symptoms of depression in children
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- Ney, P., Colbert, P., Newman, B. et al. Child Psych Hum Dev (1986) 17: 3. doi:10.1007/BF00707909
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No background characteristics and only five of 21 symptoms were significantly different between children diagnosed using DSM III criteria and children diagnosed using most DSM III criteria but substituting symptoms of agression and school difficulties. Since these groups of children appear to be more similar than different, we conclude that they belong to the same population of depressed children. Their somewhat different symptomatology may tend to confuse the diagnosis. If only DSM criteria are applied, half the depressed children will be missed. Adults may miss depression in children because they are not expecting it or because it implicates them.