Severe Depression in Young Adolescents. A Report of Five Cases
The clinical features of depressive illnesses in 5 boys aged 14 & 15 years are described. The early stages of the illness were not noticed by others. Each made serious suicide attempts which resulted in their hospitalization. After this, a depressive state was revealed in each case, which in its depth & persistence was very similar to the major depressive illnesses of adults. Aetiological factors are discussed.