Growth Hormone Dysregulation in Children with Major Depressive Disorder

Jonathan B Jensen, BARRY D. GARFINKEL

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The growth hormone response to stimulation with oral clonidine and l-dopa was measured in 14 boys with major depressive disorder (MDD) and 15 normal boys. The six MDD boys who were prepubertal or in early puberty were significantly lower than the 10 normal subjects of this age in peak growth hormone response following clonidine administration (p = 0.029) and area under the curve for clonidine (p = 0.030) and l-dopa (p = 0.028). The eight later puberty MDD boys did not differ from the five later puberty normal boys on any measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-301
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1990


  • biological markers
  • growth hormone stimulation
  • prepubertal major depressive disorder


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