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Depressive pseudodementia in a child with autism.

Abstract:
Depression is rare in early childhood and unusual in autism in this age group. We describe a female child aged 6 years with autism who presented with regression of developmental skills previously gained. Her sleep and appetite were poor, her affect was sad, and she had morbid speech content. She responded to treatment with antidepressant medication. When this clinical picture occurs in adults it is called depressive pseudodementia; paediatric neurologists and neuropsychiatrists need to be aware of it in children.
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10.1017/s0012162204000805

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Paediatrics, Biomedical Research Centre
Role:
Author
Journal:
Developmental medicine and child neurology
Volume:
46
Issue:
7
Pages:
485-489
Publication date:
2004-07-05
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EISSN:
1469-8749
ISSN:
0012-1622
URN:
uuid:4c76e6fb-ccc0-4ca5-bf39-32064a2e4ebf
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119121
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pubs:119121

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