Pdd, also known as Persistent Depressive Disorder, is a form of chronic depression and Pdd is a relatively new diagnosis that combines the two earlier diagnoses namely Dysthymia and Chronic Major Depressive Disorder. Like other forms of depression, Ppd causes continuous feeling of sadness and hopelessness. Some of the signs and symptoms of Pdd include sleep problems, indecisiveness, decreased productivity, poor self-esteem, negative attitude and avoidance of social activities, among others.
HOW IS PDD DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will begin the evaluation by performing a complete medical history and physical exam along with a developmental screening questionnaire. Although there are no laboratory tests to diagnose a PDD, the doctor may use various imaging studies and blood tests to determine if there is a physical disorder causing the symptoms. If no physical disorder is found, the child may be referred to a specialist in childhood development disorders, such as a child and adolescent psychiatrist or psychologist, pediatric neurologist, developmental-behavioral pediatrician, or other health professionals who are specially trained to diagnose and treat PDDs. Developmental testing, mental and neurological examinations, as well as parent and teacher input, will all be used to make the diagnosis.
HOW IS PDD TREATED?
There is no known cure for PDD. Medications are used to address specific behavioral problems, therapy for children with PDD should be specialized according to need. Some children with PDD benefit from specialized classrooms in which the class size is small and instruction is given on a one-to-one basis. Others function well in standard special education classes or regular classes with additional support.
DID YOU KNOW?
Early intervention and support services are crucial for the positive outcome while treating PDD