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What Is Daily Functioning?


Updated September 20, 2011

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Question: The pediatrician frequently asks about daily functioning in my depressed child. What exactly is daily functioning?

Answer: Your child's daily functioning is an important factor in assessing the severity of his depressive symptoms.

Daily functioning refers to the ability of the child to engage in developmentally appropriate daily tasks, activities, and interactions.

For example, a 10 year-old child should be able to wake up each morning, get dressed, and attend school for the entire school day.

Decreased daily functioning may indicate more severe depressive symptoms.


Pan Ay-Woan; Chan PeiYing Sarah; Chung LyInn; Chen Tsyr-Jang; Hsiung Ping-Chuan. "Quality of Life in Depression: Predictive Models." Quality of Life Research. February 01, 2006 15(1): 39-48.

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