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International Primary Care Association

Depression in children and adolescents

Depression is a common mental health disorder in children and adolescents and presents relatively frequently to primary care. Early recognition, assessment and treatment of depression is important to alleviate distress, improve functioning and later outcome, and manage risks. Primary care and tier 1 professionals may manage mild depression whilst moderate to severe depression is usually managed by specialist mental health services. Treatment of depression is dependent on severity and individual circumstances; interventions include supportive measures, addressing stressors, psychological therapy, and antidepressant edication in selected cases.

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  • Authors: T Burden
  • Keywords: Depression, Low Mood, Children and Adolescents, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Psychological Therapy, Antidepressant Therapy
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