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Rethinking childhood depression

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7488.418-c (Published 17 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:418

Summary of responses

  1. Birte Twisselmann, technical editor
  1. BMJ

    Timimi argues that unhappiness among children seems to be rising, but labelling it as depression and prescribing antidepressants is ineffective and possibly harmful: it is time to focus on the underlying reasons. Many respondents agree, but whether the term depression is apt, whether what is under discussion is a disease or a normal reaction to life's events, and whether the …

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