Archive for September, 2013

Almost 80,000 Children in the UK Suffering From Depression

According to health experts the number of children suffering from depression is on the rise.

The new NHS guidelines say that children as young as five are showing signs of depression and that almost 80,000 children in the UK are living with the illness.

Experts suggest the factors that lead to this depression in children include cyber bullying, and the break down of the family unit.

The new guidelines suggest children showing signs of depression should be correctly diagnosed and offered more support.

The figures suggest that more than 8,000 children under the age of ten suffer from depression.

Dr Gemma Trainor, a nurse consultant at Greater Manchester West Foundation Mental Health Trust said: ‘The increase in school-age children presenting with depression is a particularly worrying phenomenon’.

consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist Ricky Emanuel thniks there are huge variations in the care given to young patients.

‘I hope this quality standard can be used as a template to improve the care received by children and young people with depression in England.

‘There are huge variations in the type and quality of care available, which can have long-term consequences on the child or young person and family themselves, as well as for society as a whole.

‘The new standards set out the very best care and support for children and young people with depression.’