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Clinical Guide to Depression in Children and Adolescents

Edited by Mohammad Shafii, M.D., and Sharon Lee Shafii, R.N., B.S.N.

  • 1991
  • 320 Pages
  • ISBN 978-0-88048-356-8
  • Item #8356

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It is estimated that 1-3 million children and adolescents in the United States alone suffer from depressive disorders. Frequently these disorders are comorbid with other psychiatric disorders.

This volume integrates concisely yet comprehensively advances in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of depressive disorders and bipolar disorders in infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Distinguished contributors combine their many years of clinical and research experience to document press in the study of this fast-evolving area.

The book begins with a discussion of depression's clinical manifestations, including epidemiology, neurobiology, and chronobiology of seasonal mood disorders. A section on diagnostic assessment and treatment addresses standardizes approaches to assessment and such treatment modalities as dynamic psychotherapy, group therapy, cognitive therapy, the latest advances in pharmacological treatment and inpatient treatment. A concluding section examines bipolar disorder—its clinical manifestations, natural history, genetics, and treatment.


  • Introduction.

    Part I: Clinical Manifestations of Depressive Disorders in Children and Adolescents.

    Clinical manifestations and developmental psychopathology of depression. Epidemiology and etiology of depressive disorders. Neurobiology of depression. Chronobiology of seasonal mood disorders. Relationship between depression and suicidal behavior.

    Part II: Diagnostic Assessment and Treatment of Depressive Disorders in Children and Adolescents.

    Standardized approaches to clinical assessment of depression. Dynamic psychotherapy of depression. Group therapy of depression. Cognitive therapy of depression. Pharmacological treatment of major depression. Inpatient treatment of depression.

    Part III: Bipolar Disorders in Children and Adolescents.

    Bipolar disorders: natural history, genetic studies, and follow-up. Bipolar disorders: clinical manifestations, differential diagnosis, and treatment. Index.

About the Authors

Mohammad Shafii, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sharon L. Shafii, R.N., B.S.N., is Editor-in-Residence in Louisville, Kentucky. Ms. Shafii was formerly Assistant Head Nurse in the Adolescent Service at the Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of Michigan Medical Center, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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