WellbeingMental health

Children and young people experience a range of emotional difficulties, often brought on by the challenges and changes they face. These range from puberty, to adjustment to transition and change and social and identity issues. Unsurprisingly, this makes it difficult for parents and carers to identify what might be a developmental issue from the start of a mood disorder. 

Recent NHS statistics place mood disorders in young people as being present in around one in 8, 5-16 year olds, with this figure rising to one in 5 in 17-19 year olds. The WHO in 2020 further announced that depression was the most common disability in the world, impacting on one in 4 adults. 

Learning to identify an emerging depressive disorder in a young person includes knowing what persistent changes in thoughts, behaviours, emotions and physical changes a young person might show. Some of these symptoms are listed in my write up for the stem4 depression page for parents and carers

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