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Psychiatric Briefs

Primary Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2003;5(2):95-98

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Objective: Inadequate research has been done regarding the diagnostic criteria for and nosological boundaries of juvenile dysthymic disorder (DD). The DSM-IV includes 2 different sets of criteria for DD: the first, included in the main body of the text, emphasizes somatic and vegetative symptoms, and the second, listed in the appendix, gives more weight to affective and cognitive symptoms. Examining a consecutive series of referred children and adolescents, this study sought to identify the prototypical symptom presentation and comorbidity of DD as a function of age and sex.