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Psychotic disorders can be misunderstood or misdiagnosed by clinicians that deal with children, including clinical social workers, counselors, child psychiatrists, and child psychologists. Many times it is difficult for a mental health professional to determine whether the problematic behaviors exhibited are the result of an altered normal developmental process or the result of a serious mental disorder. This book provides professionals and students with the specific information needed to assess better the exact nature of what is affecting the young patient.

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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