Childhood Depression

Current Status and Future Directions
  • Nadine J. Kaslow
  • Gary R. Racusin

Abstract

Childhood depression is receiving increased recognition in the professional literature. Although some earlier writers questioned the existence of a childhood depressive syndrome (e.g., Rie, 1966), more recent authors have suggested that children do manifest clinically significant depression (Cytryn, McKnew, & Bunney, 1980). Despite these more recent contributions, however, there remains a lack of clear consensus in the field that depression represents a childhood clinical syndrome. A prime example of this lack of clarity is evident in the recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III-R) (American Psychiatric Association (APA), 1987). Although depression is not listed under disorders usually first evident in infancy, childhood, or adolescence, childhood mood disorders are purported to be similar to those seen in adults.

Keywords

Placebo Depression Lithium Cortisol Income 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadine J. Kaslow
    • 1
  • Gary R. Racusin
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Child Study Center, Yale Psychiatric InstituteYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Child Study CenterYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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