Mood disorders in children and adolescents

Bull Menninger Clin. 1991 Spring;55(2):182-204.


A review of the literature on depression and mood disorders in children and adolescents reveals a rapidly expanding and controversial field of study. The author highlights current understanding as well as disputed issues in three areas: children's responses to separation and loss, depressive disorders in children and adolescents, and bipolar disorders in childhood and youth. He suggests that a psychodynamic-developmental perspective offers the optimal approach to a more complete understanding of these disorders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Bereavement
  • Child
  • Depressive Disorder / etiology*
  • Depressive Disorder / genetics
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Humans
  • Mood Disorders / etiology*
  • Mood Disorders / genetics
  • Mood Disorders / psychology
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Risk Factors