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Childhood Depression and Diet

Childhood Depression and Diet Abstract Sir.—I read with interest the article "Childhood Depression: Developmental Considerations" by Herzog and Rathbun in the Journal (1982;136:115-120). Certainly, all of the five patients they described had ample psychiatric cause for their depressive illnesses. However, in Table 2, which listed "Developmentally Specific Criteria" for the different age groups, the following manifestations were listed in the 3- to 5-year-olds: sad facies, woeful eyes, enuresis, asthma, eczema, excessive activity, lethargy, aggressive behavior, and sleep difficulties. And in the 6- to 8-year-olds, the manifestations listed included vague complaints, abdominal pain, eczema, seizure-like episodes, asthma, enuresis, encopresis, irritability, and prolonged unhappiness. In my general pediatric and allergy practice during the past 25 years, I have seen many allergic children with these same symptoms who improved after offending foods were identified and removed from their diets. Moreover, a number of these children with food-induced problems also suffered from depression.1,2,3 Randolph4 and Speer References 1. Crook WG, Harrison WW, Crawford SE, et al: Systemic manifestations due to allergy: Report of 50 patients and a review of the literature on the subject . Pediatrics 1961;27:790-799. 2. Crook WG: Food allergy... the great masquerader . Pediatr Clin North Am 1975;22:227-238. 3. Crook, WG: The allergic tension-fatigue syndrome . Pediatr Ann 1974;3( (October) ):69-77. 4. Randolph TG: Allergy as a causative factor of fatigue, irritability, and behavior problems in children . J Pediatr 1947;31:560-572.Crossref 5. Speer F: The allergic tension-fatigue syndrome . Pediatr Clin North Am 1954;1:1029-1037. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

Childhood Depression and Diet

Abstract

Abstract Sir.—I read with interest the article "Childhood Depression: Developmental Considerations" by Herzog and Rathbun in the Journal (1982;136:115-120). Certainly, all of the five patients they described had ample psychiatric cause for their depressive illnesses. However, in Table 2, which listed "Developmentally Specific Criteria" for the different age groups, the following manifestations were listed in the 3- to 5-year-olds: sad facies, woeful eyes, enuresis,...
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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1982 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970430084031
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Abstract

Abstract Sir.—I read with interest the article "Childhood Depression: Developmental Considerations" by Herzog and Rathbun in the Journal (1982;136:115-120). Certainly, all of the five patients they described had ample psychiatric cause for their depressive illnesses. However, in Table 2, which listed "Developmentally Specific Criteria" for the different age groups, the following manifestations were listed in the 3- to 5-year-olds: sad facies, woeful eyes, enuresis, asthma, eczema, excessive activity, lethargy, aggressive behavior, and sleep difficulties. And in the 6- to 8-year-olds, the manifestations listed included vague complaints, abdominal pain, eczema, seizure-like episodes, asthma, enuresis, encopresis, irritability, and prolonged unhappiness. In my general pediatric and allergy practice during the past 25 years, I have seen many allergic children with these same symptoms who improved after offending foods were identified and removed from their diets. Moreover, a number of these children with food-induced problems also suffered from depression.1,2,3 Randolph4 and Speer References 1. Crook WG, Harrison WW, Crawford SE, et al: Systemic manifestations due to allergy: Report of 50 patients and a review of the literature on the subject . Pediatrics 1961;27:790-799. 2. Crook WG: Food allergy... the great masquerader . Pediatr Clin North Am 1975;22:227-238. 3. Crook, WG: The allergic tension-fatigue syndrome . Pediatr Ann 1974;3( (October) ):69-77. 4. Randolph TG: Allergy as a causative factor of fatigue, irritability, and behavior problems in children . J Pediatr 1947;31:560-572.Crossref 5. Speer F: The allergic tension-fatigue syndrome . Pediatr Clin North Am 1954;1:1029-1037.

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American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 1, 1982

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