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Mood and Mood-Related Disorders
Mood and mood-related disorders
Major Depressive Disorder

Major depressive disorder (MDD) occurs more frequently in children and adolescents than schizophrenia does. Among preadolescents, the prevalence of MDD is reported to be about 2%, and among adolescents it is reported to be about 4%. These rates appear to be unrelated to ethnicity, education, or socioeconomic status. In prepubertal children, boys appear to be affected more by the disorder than girls, however MDD is believed to be two to three times more common in adolescent females than in adolescent males. Because MDD affects many more children and adolescents than are affected by schizophrenia, far more is known about juvenile MDD than is known about child and adolescent schizophrenia.

Symptoms and Psychotic Features

According to current nosology, to ...

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