Description: The book presents an overview of recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders in children and adolescents. The focus is on unipolar depression, although the diagnostic issues in bipolar disorder are covered well.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an updated account of the current strategies used to treat and diagnose depression in children and adolescents. The focus is on concepts emerging from recent empirical evidence. These are extremely worthy objectives because depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders of youth. It is absolutely crucial to identify this illness as soon as possible and the book addresses these issues.
Audience: This book is intended for clinicians who treat children and adolescents. It would be useful for training child psychiatrists because it covers the recent developments in the field and also because of the chapter on pharmacotherapy. The authors are all established practitioners in the field.
Features: The book covers the clinical presentation of depressed children with an emphasis on the development issues. It touches upon some relevant research issues including a good overview of the diagnostic instruments used in pediatric depression research. The chapter on pharmacotherapy is very useful especially the long term treatment issues. The review of Bipolar Disorder by Dr. Carlson is very relevent. Finally, the book also covers the topic of suicide and suicidal behavior in children and adolescents.
Assessment: This book offers an excellent review of the current knowledge of childhood depression. It covers certain areas like pharmacotherapy and suicide very well. The research that is referenced is very relevant and would be useful for clinicians working with this population.