Depression and Functional Impairment

Similar to adult studies, studies of pediatric patients have found that depression has been associated with increased functional disability (Kashikar-Zuck et al. 2001, 2002; Katon 2003; Smith et al. 2003). Co-occurring depression and physical illnesses have been associated with disruptions of functioning at home, at school, and in recreational activities. In a study examining depression among youngsters with chronic pain, Kashikar-Zuck et al. (2001) found depression to be strongly associated with functional disability but not with pain severity. Adult studies have shown an association between the improvement of depressive symptoms and improvements on measures of functional impairment (Ormel et al. 1993).

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