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Issue date: September 2005

The treatment of
depression in children
and young people
Understanding NICE guidance ­
information for children and young
people with depression, their families
and carers, and the public




Information about
NICE Clinical Guideline 28

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The treatment of depression in children and Ordering information
young people




Ordering information
You can download the following documents from www.nice.org.uk/CG028
G This booklet.
G The NICE guideline ­ all the recommendations on depression in children
and young people.
G A quick reference guide, which has been distributed to healthcare…

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The treatment of depression in children and Contents
young people




Contents

About this information 4

Information for young people 7

Information for parents 24

Definitions of psychological treatments 27

Where you can find more information 29




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The treatment of depression in children and About this information
young people




About this information
This information describes the recommendations that the National
Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (called NICE for short) have
made to the National Health Service (NHS) on depression in children
(aged 5­11) and young people…

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The treatment of depression in children and About this information
young people




Who is this information for?
This booklet is aimed at young people (aged 12­18) with depression,
but it can also help parents, friends and guardians understand the
treatments you and younger children (aged 5­11) can expect to
receive.…

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The treatment of depression in children and About this information
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How guidelines are used in the NHS
In general, doctors, nurses and other staff working in the NHS are
expected to follow NICE's clinical guidelines. But there will be times
when the treatments suggested won't be suitable for…

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The treatment of depression in children and Information for young
young people people




Information for young people
What is depression?
When a person has depression they feel very sad or down, and the
feelings don't go away or get worse. Depression is different from
feeling a bit sad or down…

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The treatment of depression in children and Information for young
young people people




The type and number of feelings listed above that a young person has
will help the healthcare professional decide whether they have mild
depression or a more severe depression and what treatment would
suit them.
You might…

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The treatment of depression in children and Information for young
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What should I do if I think I have depression?
It is best to talk to your parents and friends first if you can, or you can
talk to a teacher at school, your family doctor, or…

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The treatment of depression in children and Information for young
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If English is not your first language, and you don't speak or read
it very well, you should be able to have written information or
audiotapes in your main language. In some cases you might be able…

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