Mood disorders in children and adolescents: an epidemiologic perspective.

  title={Mood disorders in children and adolescents: an epidemiologic perspective.},
  author={Ronald C Kessler and Shelli Avenevoli and K Ries Merikangas},
  journal={Biological psychiatry},
  volume={49 12},
Epidemiologic studies show that major depression is comparatively rare among children, but common among adolescents, with up to a 25% lifetime prevalence by the end of adolescence. Mania is much less common, with no more than a 2% lifetime prevalence by the end of adolescence. Developmental studies that include assessments of both hormonal changes and social changes through the pubertal transition are needed to investigate joint biological and environmental influences on the emergence of the… CONTINUE READING
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