Every health care provider and mental health professional will encounter clients struggling with depression, yet many of these professionals don’t receive a thorough grounding on theory, research, and clinical guidelines regarding depression, and those who do sometimes have trouble keeping abreast of the literature (a literature that includes over 60,000 empirical publications since 1980!). This book provides a handy reference for such practitioners. This brief, practical guide provides an introduction or refresher on depression that is research-based yet accessible, practical, and easy to read and consult.
Chapter 3: Depression in Children
Depression in Children
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.
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 ...