Depression in childhood

M.L. Barrett and I. Kolvin

British Journal of Hospital Medicine 1985; 34(1):51-54

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M.L. Barrett and I. Kolvin, "Depression in childhood", British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 51-54 (British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 1985).


The concept and classification of depression in childhood is currently under review. A modern view is that childhood depression is similar to adult depressive disorders, although the extent of variation with age and sex is not yet clear. Reliable and valid diagnostic criteria are being established, which will allow a more accurate estimation of prevalence rates, aetiology, and prognosis.

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