Definition, Clinical Description, and Diagnosis | Comorbidity | Etiology, Mechanisms, and Risk Factors | Prevention | Clinical Course and Outcome | Evaluation | Treatment | Treatment-Resistant Depression | Management of Comorbid Conditions | Research Directions | Summary Points | References
Depressive disorders are familial recurrent illnesses associated
with significant morbidity and mortality. Early identification and
effective treatment may reduce the impact of depression on the child's
normal development and psychosocial functioning and reduce the risk
for suicide and other conditions such as substance abuse.