Psymplicity Healthcare is a specialist provider of bespoke depression treatment plans for children. Our psychiatrists work closely with you, your child and their school, doctors and any specialists you specify to gather information, provide a thorough assessment and identify a way forward. This in-depth consultation can take place in the way that is most comfortable for your child, either in person at our Harley Street psychiatry clinic, or online via video consultation. We are currently offering an initial 85 minute online assessment at a rate of £595 - so you can see if our approach works for you.
Almost everyone goes through periods of feeling unhappy, including children. However, a prolonged and persistent occurrence of this feeling could mean that your child is suffering from depression. Depression in children has been on the rise and it is estimated that between 7 - 14% of children will experience at least one episode of depression before they reach the age of 15.
Children suffering from depression tend to be sad or irritable for prolonged periods of time, they can lose interest in almost all activities and may also have problems with regular daily activities such as eating and sleeping.
It is important to understand that a child suffering from depression is unable to get past their sad feelings easily. With the right care, support and treatment, your child can overcome this and grow on to lead happy normal lives.
Children suffering from depression tend to exhibit different symptoms to those exhibited by adults suffering from the same condition. The most pronounced signs are irritability and anger. In smaller children who are unable to express themselves or understand their emotions, depression can manifest in the form of physical symptoms such as body pain, restlessness and extreme distress when separated from their parents.
Other symptoms of depression in children are:
Depression can occur in children due to a combination of factors including:
Every child has unique needs when it comes to treating their mental health condition, and their depression care plan will require a nuanced approach.
In most cases, when treating mild to moderate depression in children, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the preferred option. There can however be exceptions to this approach, depending on multiple factors such as age, medical conditions and other relevant circumstances. Young children under the age of 10 benefit from other forms of psychotherapy and behavior therapies. For moderate to severe depression, a combination of CBT with a carefully curated dose of antidepressant medications such as Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors can be effective.
Psymplicity has long been at the forefront of providing expert care to children suffering from depression. Our compassionate doctors will devise a bespoke treatment plan best suited for your child and your family’s needs, based on our evidence-based approach.
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a severe form of depression, where the child experiences prolonged periods of depression, causing significant impairments to their life. Children suffering from MDD may experience a significant academic decline, withdrawal from family, avoid social interactions, cry without reason, suffer from high anxiety, fear and may even have unexplained physical issues.
Persistent depressive disorder (PDD), also referred to as dysthymia or dysthymic disorder, is a milder mood disorder compared to MDD. Children suffering from PDD are more functional and likely to attend school or regular activities than those suffering from MDD. While symptoms for PDD are similar to MDD, the severity is significantly less.
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) in children is often characterised by extreme anger and irritability, with frequent episodes of intense outbursts. Children suffering from DMDD can be violent and tend to display uncontrollable social behavior without any triggers, causing them to have troubled family relationships, poor social skills and poor performance at school. DMDD typically occurs at the age of 10.
Depression can occur as part of bipolar disorder, in adults as well as children. This can be a rather stressful condition for a child, where they experience manic as well as depressive episodes. Symptoms of bipolar disorder in young children before age 9 are irritability, repetitive movements, paranoia, and in some cases, psychotic symptoms. Children older than 9 tend to exhibit symptoms of over excitement, ability to function without any sleep, extreme disorganisation, and being overtly fast and loud.
Depression is a serious mental issue and if left untreated can pose severe risks, leading to suicide in extreme cases.
Especially in the cases of teenagers, depression can be difficult to handle, causing them to feel overwhelmed, withdraw from their family, and struggle to communicate with their parents.
Depression can also be linked to issues such as anxiety, eating disorders or learning disabilities making things even more difficult for them to cope. This can drive them to seek relief by extreme measures such as self-harm or even have suicidal thoughts.
Suicidal thoughts should always be considered seriously, and you should make sure your child gets the help they need at the earliest possible time. Some of the warning signs to look out for are:
Our close-knit team of psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists are highly experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of adult ADD and ADHD. We provide clients with a bespoke and completely confidential service.
Dr Quadir is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who works within the NHS and the private sector. Having gained her Medical degree from Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2009, she has gone on to complete her Specialty Training in Child And Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr Quadir works with young people from the ages of 4 to 17, and has experience working with a wide range of disorders including Depression, Anxiety and Neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and Autism.
Dr Amber is a Consultant Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist. She uses a compassionate and integrated approach which combines biological, psychological and social perspectives with evidence based care. She works closely with her multidisciplinary colleagues and liaises with other professionals, including school counsellors and paediatricians, whenever possible.
Dr Karen McCarty completed her BSc in Psychology, including an additional research year with the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital. She worked as an Assistant Psychologist in West London for one year before attaining a place on the DClin Psy training programme at the University of Hertfordshire in 2003.
Our psychiatric team are specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions and many others. Each patient is treated on a case-by-case basis, meaning that your treatment plan is unique to you. We have two clinics across London and appointments available, so contact us today and book yours now.
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Most children respond positively to treatment for depression, and its symptoms can be alleviated with suitable treatment. With the right care, your child will learn to effectively resolve depressive symptoms and in reducing the risk of relapse, treatment can help them to lead fulfilling, happy lives.
Research shows that the more distant and strict their parents are, the more children are likely to suffer from depression. Parents constantly using negative and aggressive methods of parenting can cause their children to suffer from low self-esteem, feelings of helplessness and symptoms of depression.
If you find your child is showing symptoms of depression, such as loss of interest in daily activities, pulling away from friends and family, or being constantly upset, consider seeking professional help. You can also support them at home in the following ways:
Children suffering from depression find school work and learning to be problematic. They can struggle academically and experience increased stress and anxiety. To help them at school, you can be more actively involved in their academic life by: