oa CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Depression in children and adolescents

Volume 30, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



'Depressive disorders are often familial recurrent illnesses associated with increased psychosocial morbidity and mortality. Early identification and treatment may reduce the impact of depression on the family, social, and academic functioning ... and may reduce the risk of suicide, substance abuse and persistence of depressive disorders into adulthood. Evidence supported treatment interventions have emerged in psychotherapy and medication treatment of childhood depressive disorders that can guide clinicians to improve outcomes in this population.'

This article aims to highlight current best practice in the management of major depression in children and adolescents. Mood changes with feelings of sadness, misery and unhappiness are common after disappointments or stressful life events, and usually the child or adolescent adapts. A persistent change in mood with deterioration in functioning is the central feature of depression.

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