Year: 1987 Source: Archives of General Psychiatry, v.44, (October 1987), p.854-861 SIEC No: 20030083

Symptom frequency & severity were compared in two sequential clinically referred samples of 95 children & 92 adolescents, aged 6 to 18 years, all medically healthy, who met unmodified Research Diagnostic Criteria for major depressive disorder (MDD). No significant differences were found between the two groups in the majority of depressive symptoms. However, prepubertal children had greater depresed appearance, somatic complaints, psychomotor agitation, separation anxiety, phobias, & hallucinations. Adolescents had greater anhedonia, hopelessness, hypersomnia, weight change, use of alcohol & illicit drugs, & lethality of suicide attmept, but not severity of suicidal ideation or intent. (45 refs)