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Childhood Depression: Matter of Life or Death

Because some depressed children appear happy, depression in children can be difficult to diagnose. But many depressed children become suicidal, making diagnosis crucial.

What About Talk Therapy? continued...

Pavuluri says this approach can be described as a RAINBOW: R for routine; A for affect regulation; I for I can do it; N for No negative thoughts or live in the Now; B for Be a good friend or Balanced life style for parents; O for "Oh how can we solve it?"; and W for ways to get support.

Bahr notes that in his TV show the depressed child was involved in a violent crime, an outcome that he says can happen when children fail to receive appropriate treatment. He says his real take home message to viewers is one that most experts would endorse: "I want every child who needs treatment to receive complete and through evaluation by a child psychiatrist."

Published April 14, 2004.

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