Depression and anxiety in children at the end of life

Title

Depression and anxiety in children at the end of life

Creator

Kersun LS; Shemesh E

Publisher

Pediatric Clinics Of North America

Date

2007

Subject

Child; Humans; Terminal Care; Prevalence; Drug Therapy; Psychotherapy; Depressive Disorder; Stress Disorders; Adjustment Disorders/epidemiology/psychology/therapy; Anxiety Disorders/epidemiology/psychology/therapy; Major/epidemiology/psychology/therapy; Post-Traumatic/epidemiology/psychology/therapy

Description

A significant component of palliative care is the prompt diagnosis and management of distress, anxiety, and depression. This article reviews the symptoms and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in children at the end of life. Distinguishing between symptoms and disorders, the importance of open communication, consideration of the child's understanding of death, diagnostic challenges in chronically ill children, and suicidality are discussed. Because treatment options are available, it is imperative that symptoms are recognized and addressed. Understanding the issues involved in screening and diagnosis and the risks and benefits of available treatments can lead to an informed approach to the management of these disorders in the palliative care setting.
2007

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

691--708, xi

Issue

5

Volume

54

Citation

Kersun LS; Shemesh E, “Depression and anxiety in children at the end of life,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 2, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14356.

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