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Clinical profile of depressive disorder in children.
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PMID:  16820661     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the risk factors, clinical features and co-morbid disorders of depressive disorder in children below the age of 12 years. Children who attended the child guidance clinic between January 2000 and December 2003 formed the subjects for the study. The diagnosis of depressive disorder was based on DSMIV diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive Disorder, Single episode. There were 26 boys and 19 girls. Stress at school and in the family was significantly associated with depressive disorder. Children with depressive disorder had significantly more family members affected with mental illnesses. The clinical features included diminished interest in play and activities, excessive tiredness, low self- esteem, problems with concentration, multiple somatic complaints, behavior symptoms like anger and aggression, recent deterioration in school performance and suicidal behavior. Majority of children had other associated psychiatric disorders which included dysthymic disorder, anxiety disorders, conduct disorder and conversion disorder.
P Krishnakumar; M G Geeta
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Indian pediatrics     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0019-6061     ISO Abbreviation:  Indian Pediatr     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-05     Completed Date:  2006-09-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985062R     Medline TA:  Indian Pediatr     Country:  India    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  521-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Institute of Maternal and Child Health, Medical College, Calicut, Kerala, India.
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MeSH Terms
Child Guidance Clinics
Depressive Disorder / diagnosis*,  epidemiology
Retrospective Studies
Risk Assessment
Risk Factors
Suicide, Attempted

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