The Association for Young People’s Health has published Key Data on Adolescence 2015, with support from the National Child and Maternal (ChiMat) Health Intelligence Network, PHE. This tenth anniversary edition includes the latest data on health, education, employment and demographics and examines trends over time. The latest edition focuses on the social determinants of health and has new sections on lifestyle and common physical health problems, and an extended section on mental health and wellbeing.
Social pressures are fuelling the rise of mental health problems in children but we must ensure they are not wrongly diagnosed due to anxious parents
Twenty years ago depression and other mental health disorders in children were almost unknown and overlooked. Many physicians doubted the existence of depression in children because they believed children lacked the mature psychologic and cognitive structure to experience such problems. Depression in children has always been a difficult topic for society, and perhaps even healthcare professionals, to comprehend. Today, however, it is a stark reality with the fastest rate of increase in depression among young people; research by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) shows that 80,000 children in the UK are estimated to suffer from severe depression, including 8,000 below the age of 10.
I have noticed a significant rise in the number of children, as young as six, referred to…
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