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February 1982

Childhood Depression: Developmental Considerations

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (Drs Herzog and Rathbun); the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital (Dr Herzog); and the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine, Children's Hospital Medical Center (Dr Rathbun) Boston.

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(2):115-120. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970380027007

• Childhood depression is becoming a more commonly recognized diagnosis in the pediatric population. The American Psychiatric Association purposes that the criteria for adult and childhood depression are the same. We question that position and emphasize the developmental aspects of depressive symptoms providing diagnostic guidelines for depression at five different stages from infancy through adolescence. Case examples are included to highlight the distinctive presentation of depression at each developmental stage. Specific treatment recommendations include psychotherapy, mobilization, and pharmacotherapy.

(Am J Dis Child 1982;136:115-120)