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Depression in Medically Ill Children and Adolescents

Malas, N.; Plioplys, S.; Pao, M.

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2019 May 12; 28(3):421-445


Depression risk is 2 to 3 times higher in medically ill youth compared with the general pediatric population. The relationship between medical illness and depression is bidirectional with significant contributions from psychological, developmental, illness-related, familial, and treatment factors. This article discusses the presentation, early identification, evaluation, and management of depression in medically ill youth and identifies specific risk factors and reviewing selected medical illness-specific considerations.

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