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Revista médica de Chile

versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887

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PACHECO P, Bernardo; LIZANA C, Paula; CELHAY S, Isabel  y  PEREIRA Q, Jaime. Clinical characteristics of children and adolescent hospitalized in a University Psychiatric Clinic. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2007, vol.135, n.6, pp.751-758. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872007000600009.

Blackground: Five percent of children and adolescents consults in mental health services in one year. Approximately one every ten children has a mental health problem. Aim To assess clinical and demographic factors of children and adolescents hospitalized by psychiatric cause in a university psychiatric clinic. Patients and Methods: Review of medical records of 167 subjects aged 9 to 17 years, 97 women, admitted to a Psychiatric Service in the period 2001-2004. The International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC) manual of the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA) was used to classify admission complaints and symptoms and DSMIV to classify psychiatric disorders. Results: Mean hospital stay was 11+8 days. The main admission causes were suicidal attempts and psychomotor agitation/impulsive behavior in 54% and 26% of cases, respectively. The main psychiatric diagnoses were depressive disorder, suicide attempt and bipolar disorder. In 69% of patients, the personality diagnosis was deferred. Only 25% of families were considered functional. Conclusions: Affective disorders and suicidal behavior are the main psychiatric diagnoses at discharge in children and adolescents admitted to a psychiatric impatient service

Palabras clave : Adolescent; Affective disorders; Depressive disorder; Psychotic; Infant behavior; Suicide, attempted.

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