Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to…

13.1 Describe the key features of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) and differentiate DMDD from other conditions affecting young children.

Identify and give examples of evidence-based treatments for DMDD.

13.2 Describe the key features of Major Depressive Disorder and Persistent Depressive Disorder and show how children might manifest these disorders differently than adults.

 Analyze the major causes of depressive disorders in children and adolescents ranging from genetic-biological factors to social-cultural influences.

Evaluate the efficacy and safety of medication, psychosocial therapy, and combined treatment for youths with depressive disorders.

13.3 Differentiate suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury and describe how the prevalence of self-injurious behaviors varies as a function of age, gender, and ethnicity.

Identify some of the main causes of suicide in youths and evidence-based techniques to prevent and treat suicidal behavior.