The Many Faces of Depression in Children and Adolescents

The Many Faces of Depression in Children and Adolescents

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Although research on the diagnosis and treatment of depression in children and adolescents has lagged far behind that in adults, recent large-scale studies -- armed with operationalized criteria and validated assessment instruments -- have done much to close this gap. In The Many Faces of Depression in Children and Adolescents, Drs. Shaffer and Waslick lead a distinguished group of contributors in presenting an overview of the key findings and concepts emerging from recent empirical efforts to understand the cause of depressive illness in youth. Featured are the following:  Current findings regarding the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of depression in childhood and adolescence Results of major clinical trials evaluating outpatient psychotherapeutic interventions for depressed and suicidal children and adolescents (e.g., cognitive-behavior therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed children and adolescents; dialectical behavior therapy for suicidal youth) State-of-the-art principles of pharmacotherapy for acute, continuation, and maintenance treatment phases of major depressive disorder in children and adolescents Dilemmas and challenges related to the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children Current knowledge regarding the epidemiology and clinical manifestations of -- and the etiological risk factors for -- suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and completed suicide Developments in the emerging field of youth suicide prevention An invaluable compendium of current thought on a disorder whose potential consequences can be nothing short of devastating, this volume belongs on the bookshelf of every clinician who treats children and adolescents.show more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 158 x 235.2 x 13mm | 349.27g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1585620718
  • 9781585620715

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[T]his deceptively short book offers a wealth of information.... We highly recommend this book as useful reading for both seasoned and trainee psychiatrists. * Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic * Drs. Shaffer and Waslick are leading experts in the fields of child and adolescent mood disorders and suicide research. Their succinct book provides a useful synthesis and conceptualization of different aspects of child and adolescent depression... The book's streamlined, practical approach would be helpful to busy healthcare professionals who provide psychiatric care to children and adolescents, particularly child psychiatrists and child psychiatry trainees, as well as general psychiatrists. * Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology *show more

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Although research on the diagnosis and treatment of depression in children and adolescents has lagged far behind that in adults, recent large-scale studies -- armed with operationalized criteria and validated assessment instruments -- have done much to close this gap. In The Many Faces of Depression in Children and Adolescents, Drs. Shaffer and Waslick lead a distinguished group of contributors in presenting an overview of the key findings and concepts emerging from recent empirical efforts to understand the cause of depressive illness in youth. Topics addressed include dilemmas and challenges related to the diagnosis of unipolar and bipolar affective illness in childhood and adolescence; research evidence for the effectiveness of a range of psychotherapeutic interventions and pharmacotherapeutic treatments in depressed youth; current principles of medication management for acute, continuation, and maintenance treatment phases of major depressive disorder in children and adolescents; and developments in the emerging field of youth suicide prevention. Throughout, the contributors also offer strategies for optimizing interventions and outcomes in this population. An invaluable compendium of current thought on a disorder whose potential consequences can be nothing short of devastating, this volume belongs on the bookshelf of every clinician who treats children and adolescents.show more

About David Shaffer

David Shaffer, F.R.C.P.(Lond), F.R.C. Psych.(Lond), is the Irving Philips Professor of Child Psychiatry and the director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City.Bruce D. Waslick, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Division of Child Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City.show more

Table of contents

ContributorsIntroduction to the Review of Psychiatry SeriesChapter 1. Depression in children and adolescents: An overviewChapter 2. Psychotherapy for depression and suicidal behavior in children and adolescentsChapter 3. Pharmacotherapy for depression in children and adolescentsChapter 4. Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents: a critical reviewChapter 5. Suicide and suicidal behavior in children and adolescentsIndexshow more