The Many Faces of Depression in Children and Adolescents

The Many Faces of Depression in Children and Adolescents

by Bruce Waslick
     
 

Although research on the diagnosis and treatment of depression in children and adolescents has lagged far behind that in adults, recent large-scale studies -- armed with operationalized criteria and validated assessment instruments -- have done much to close this gap. In The Many Faces of Depression in Children and Adolescents, Drs. Shaffer and Waslick lead a

Overview

Although research on the diagnosis and treatment of depression in children and adolescents has lagged far behind that in adults, recent large-scale studies -- armed with operationalized criteria and validated assessment instruments -- have done much to close this gap. In The Many Faces of Depression in Children and Adolescents, Drs. Shaffer and Waslick lead a distinguished group of contributors in presenting an overview of the key findings and concepts emerging from recent empirical efforts to understand the cause of depressive illness in youth. Featured are the following: • Current findings regarding the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of depression in childhood and adolescence• Results of major clinical trials evaluating outpatient psychotherapeutic interventions for depressed and suicidal children and adolescents (e.g., cognitive-behavior therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed children and adolescents; dialectical behavior therapy for suicidal youth)• State-of-the-art principles of pharmacotherapy for acute, continuation, and maintenance treatment phases of major depressive disorder in children and adolescents• Dilemmas and challenges related to the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children• Current knowledge regarding the epidemiology and clinical manifestations of -- and the etiological risk factors for -- suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and completed suicide• Developments in the emerging field of youth suicide prevention

An invaluable compendium of current thought on a disorder whose potential consequences can be nothing short of devastating, this volume belongs on the bookshelf of every clinician who treats children and adolescents.

American Psychiatric Publishing

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

[T]his deceptively short book offers a wealth of information.... We highly recommend this book as useful reading for both seasoned and trainee psychiatrists.

Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

Drs. Shaffer and Waslick are leading experts in the fields of child and adolescent mood disorders and suicide research. Their succinct book provides a useful synthesis and conceptualization of different aspects of child and adolescent depression... The book's streamlined, practical approach would be helpful to busy healthcare professionals who provide psychiatric care to children and adolescents, particularly child psychiatrists and child psychiatry trainees, as well as general psychiatrists.

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Shiraz Butt, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
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.
3 Stars from Doody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585620715
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Peter S. Jensen

Shaffer and Waslick, both experts at the forefront of clinical and epidemiologic depression research in children and adolescents, have brought together the world's leading authorities on each topic, from pharmacotherapy to psychotherapy, from bipolar disorder to suicide and suicidal behavior. Much more than a 'review,' this remarkable compilation is a testament to the research advances the field has made during the last decade, and a 'preview' of what lies ahead. Highly recommended.

Charles B. Nemeroff

Shaffer and Waslick in The Many Faces of Depression in Children and Adolescents have provided a very useful volume for practicing clinicians. This volume, part of the Review of Psychiatry series, comprehensively reviews in a succinct manner state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders in children and adolescents. Both the psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological management of childhood and adolescent depression is reviewed with a focus on randomized controlled clinical trials. The chapter on child and adolescent suicide and suicidal behavior is particularly informative.

Meet the Author

David Shaffer, F.R.C.P.(Lond), F.R.C. Psych.(Lond), is the Irving Philips Professor of Child Psychiatry and the director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City.

Bruce D. Waslick, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Division of Child Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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