Recognizing Depression, Anxiety, and Externalizing Behaviors in Children of a Parent with Mood Disorders: Weekly Symptom Monitoring in the Child Network
Robert M. Post*
George Washington University School of Medicine, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- Robert M. Post
Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington
University School of Medicine, Bipolar Collaborative
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Received date: April 29, 2016; Accepted date: May 19, 2016; Published date: May 22, 2016
Citation: Post RM (2016) Recognizing Depression, Anxiety, and Externalizing Behaviors in Children of a Parent with Mood Disorders: Weekly Symptom Monitoring in the Child Network. J Depress Anxiety S2:014. doi:10.4172/2167-1044.S2-014
Copyright: © 2016 Post RM. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
High levels of depression, anxiety and externalizing disorders are common in the general population of children in the USA. These disorders are further dramatically increased in the offspring of a parent with bipolar disorder followed up prospectively for 7 years or in the offspring of a parent with unipolar depression followed up for 20 years, yet few receive early or adequate treatment. This is particularly problematic as early onset mood disorders have a more difficult course and outcome than adult onset illness, and are associated with long delays to first treatment, which is an additional independent risk factor for a poor outcome.