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Depression in Children
Depression in children
Overview

We begin this chapter with a case study and a discussion of the signs and symptoms of depression in children. We discuss prevalence, symptoms, and assessment of depression in this age group, and we cover psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy issues as well. We highlight some of the special topics that are relevant to depression in young children. We present clinical guidelines for practitioners who work with depressed children. Finally, we present a summary and a list of suggested readings.

Case Study

Melba is a Hispanic 10-year-old girl in the fourth grade. She is seriously depressed. In a parent-teacher conference after school, Melba's teacher describes some of the symptoms and signs of childhood depression that she sees every day in Melba.

Teacher: Melba is so ...

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