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An Update on Depression in Children and Adolescents

Karen D. Wagner, M.D., Ph.D.; Graham J. Emslie, M.D.; Robert A. Kowatch, M.D.; and Elizabeth B. Weller, M.D.

Published: November 30, 2008

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Article Abstract

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, at any one time, about 2% of school-aged children and 4% of adolescents appear to experience depression. Pediatric depression often results in physical, emotional, and social impairment, which may persist into adulthood. Recognition and effective treatment of pediatric depression may improve long-term outcomes, but only a minority of youths who meet the criteria for this disorder are diagnosed and treated.

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