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Children and teenagers experience a wide range of emotions, and ups and downs. Depression is different from sadness, however. It is a serious mental health condition that could benefit from professional support and treatment. There is a wide array of options from medication to talking therapy for you and your child to explore.
If you are worried your child is suffering from depression, we can help face-to-face or online.
10% of 5-16 year olds have a diagnosable mental health condition.
Mental Health Foundation
Depression is a persistent sadness that can disrupt a child's daily life, and left untreated can develop into more serious conditions.
There are several reasons why your child may develop depression – the most common of all mental health issues in childhood.
It can be difficult to know if your child is experiencing normal sadness or developing depression.
It’s normal for teenagers to experience mood swings, but when should you worry that they are a sign of something more serious?
Depression can be successfully treated – the most important step is getting help early.
Often occurring together, depression and anxiety is sadly very common in children (4% of all young people). Expert knowledge is needed to determine which condition to treat first.
Often the most useful first step, a full assessment with a Psychiatrist will identify, at depth, what issues your child or teenager is experiencing and determine the most effective treatment plan.
You don’t need a GP referral to book a diagnosis
Appointments usually available within a few days, nationwide
Qualified and friendly triage team to help you find the right option
Every year we help thousands of children and teenagers, just like yours, to find expert and compassionate care. Our Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists have many years’ experience in diagnosing and treating child and teenage depression.
Josh started becoming more and more withdrawn – at first we thought it was just part of being a teenager, but things didn’t improve and it began to badly affect his school work and social life. It felt like we had lost our son. Taking Josh to see a Psychiatrist wasn’t an easy step – we were very nervous that we had somehow failed him. However, the Psychiatrist was really friendly and made us all feel at ease – it took all the ‘sting’ out of an incredibly worrying few years and I just wish we had sought help earlier.
70% of children and teenagers don’t receive the right help, at the right time, for their mental health problems
Children’s Society 2008