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 practitioners in identifying the condition in this patient group.
Nursing Standard. 31, 48, 51-63. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10912Correspondence
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated softwareConflict of interest
Received: 05 June 2017
Accepted: 12 June 2017