Clinical update

Depression in children and young people: recognition and management

New guidance aims to improve how depression in children aged 5-18 is assessed and which are the effective treatments to use
Picture shows a boy, seated, looking intently at a mobile phone. New guidance aims to improve recognition and management of depression in children aged five to 18 and promote effective treatments.

New guidance aims to improve how depression in children aged 5-18 is assessed and which are the effective treatments to use

Essential information

Depression is thought to occur in 2% of children and young people in England, according to an NHS Digital mental health s urvey. Rates of emotional disorders, including depression, are higher in girls, and higher as age increases.

Depression is a broad definition but depressed mood or loss of pleasure in most activities are key signs of depression, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

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