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Chapter 18. Depression and Dysthymia

Boris Birmaher, M.D.; David A. Brent, M.D.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585623921.457730

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Depressive disorders are familial recurrent illnesses associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Early identification and effective treatment may reduce the impact of depression on the child's normal development and psychosocial functioning and reduce the risk for suicide and other conditions such as substance abuse.

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TABLE 18–1. DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for major depressive episode
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TABLE 18–2. DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for dysthymic disorder
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TABLE 18–3. Definitions of outcome

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