Recognising and diagnosing depression in children and young people
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Recognising and diagnosing depression in children and young people

Jenny Pinfield Programme lead for pre-registration nursing, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester, Worcester, England

This article focuses on the recognition and diagnosis of depression in children and young people. Depression in children and young people is underdiagnosed and has been linked to long-term harm. Effective recognition of the condition is crucial in reducing its burden, and supports appropriate management to prevent potential long-term harm. This article explores the causes, risk factors, and signs and symptoms of depression in children and young people, and the role of nurses and other healthcare professionals in identifying the condition in this patient group.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10912

Correspondence

j.pinfield@worc.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 05 June 2017

Accepted: 12 June 2017

Published online: 19 July 2017