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Guidelines for the assessment and psychotherapy of depressive disorders in childhood and adolescence: An evidence-based discussion paper

  • An outline of evidence-based guidelines for the assessment and treatment of depressive disorders in childhood and adolescence is presented. Depressive disorders in children and adolescents are marked by core symptoms similar to those seen in adults, although symptom expression varies greatly with developmental stage. These disorders are common, especially in adolescence, chronic, and recurrent, and are associated with comorbid conditions such as anxiety disorders, conduct disorders, and substance use disorders. Effective treatment approaches for the prevention of depressive disorders and the acute treatment of mild and moderate depressive disorders are available. The psychotherapeutic interventions of choice are currently cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT). The antidepressants of choice are currently selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). Especially on relapse prevention and the evaluation of the combination of psychotherapy with antidepressant medication further studies are necessary

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Author:Wolfgang IhleGND, M. E. Ahle, Dörte Jahnke, Günter EsserGND
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2004
Year of Completion:2004
Release Date:2017/03/24
Source:Kindheit Und Entwicklung. - ISSN 0942-5403. - 13 (2004), 2, S. 64 - 79
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Psychologie
Peer Review:Referiert