Depression in Children and Young People (CG28)
Covers the identification and treatment of depression in children (5–11yrs) and young people (12–18 yrs) in primary, community and secondary care.
Depression is a broad diagnosis. Key signs include depressed mood or loss of pleasure in most activities.
CG28 divides the management of depression into four categories:
- not depressed (fewer than 4 symptoms)
- mild depression (4 symptoms)
- moderate depression (5 to 6 symptoms)
- severe depression with or without psychotic symptoms (7 or more symptoms)
For a diagnosis of depression, symptoms should be present for at least 2 weeks and every symptom should be present for most of the day.
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