Primary care management of child & adolescent depressive disorders

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2012 Apr;21(2):401-19, ix-x. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2012.01.008.


This article outlines the importance of primary health care in addressing the public health challenge presented by pediatric depressive disorders. The current realities of depression management in primary care are discussed. The models emerging from intervention research and the barriers to their implementation in practice are then reviewed. Drawing on this background, recent new standards for primary care management of pediatric depressive disorders are discussed, along with resources that have been developed to support their achievement.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / economics
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / therapy*
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Male
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration
  • Patient Care Team / economics
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration
  • Primary Health Care / economics
  • Primary Health Care / methods
  • Primary Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


  • Antidepressive Agents
  • Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors