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SPECIALIST TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN

Is your child suffering from prolonged and persistent unhappiness that is causing them to lose interest in life, withdraw from family or fall behind at school?
Psymplicity Healthcare specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood depression. We will work together with you, your child, their school, and any doctors or specialists you specify to gather all necessary information, identify a way forward and support you with coping mechanisms and solutions that work for your child and family.
Ready to book? Online and in-person appointments with our specialist psychiatrists are now available.
Book an 85 minute online assessment for £595.

YOUR BESPOKE CHILDHOOD DEPRESSION ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT PLAN

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.

What is childhood depression?

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.

What are symptoms of depression in children?

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:

  • General loss of interest in daily activities including those that they previously enjoyed
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Inability to interact with others and withdrawing from social situations
  • Significant increase or decrease in time spent sleeping
  • A noticeable change in appetite, resulting in weight loss or gain
  • Repeatedly attempting to or talking about running away from home
  • Low self-esteem
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
  • Physical self-harm such as cutting themselves

What causes depression in children?

Depression can occur in children due to a combination of factors including:

  • Issues with physical health: Children with chronic illnesses or severe medical conditions have a higher chance of suffering from depression.
  • Life events: Like most mental health issues in children, events that have caused significant stress such as changes at home, or at school, or bullying, can cause depression in children.
  • Environment: An environment that is unpleasant, such as a constantly chaotic home or family difficulties, can result in childhood depression.
  • Genetic: Children with family members suffering from depression or other mood disorders are more likely to develop depression at a young age.
  • Chemical imbalances in the brain: Depression can also be caused by the imbalance of certain critical hormones and chemicals in the brain.

What kind of treatment is effective for children with depression?

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.

What are the different kinds of childhood depression?

Major Depressive Disorder

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

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

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.

Bipolar Disorder

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.

What are some warning signs of depression in children?

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:

  • An obsession with death
  • Making statements such as “Wish I was dead”
  • Researching about suicide
  • Letting go, or giving away things that they value
  • Sharing messages indicating that they bidding farewell
  • Frequent accidents
  • Substance use

MEET OUR SPECIALISTS

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 Monica Quadir

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 Fareeha Amber Sadiq

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

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.

Other Psychiatric Conditions Treated by Psymplicity

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.

BIPOLAR DEPRESSION

Contrary to popular belief, there is not a single form of bipolar depression that accounts for every case. We identify your individual type and create a tailored and efficient treatment plan.

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DEPRESSION

We specialise in the treatment of all forms of depression and are proud to offer an essential lifeline for those looking to regain control of their lives.

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PSYCHOSIS

Psychosis causes people to interpret things differently to those around them. The 2 main symptoms are hallucinations and delusions. Through psychiatry, we can help you overcome these.

PANIC AND ANXIETY

Anxiety can be crippling to your everyday life. Speak to a Psymplicity Healthcare psychiatrist to see how we can help ease your symptoms through counselling and treatment.

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OCD

We provide a comprehensive and holistic service to help treat your OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Through cognitive behaviour therapy and medication, you’ll slowly begin to overcome your compulsive behaviours.

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PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD for short) occurs after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal and often goes undiagnosed. Our trained therapists are on hand to help resolve your trauma.

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SCHIZOPHRENIA

Schizophrenia is a type of psychosis that stops sufferers from distinguishing their thoughts from reality. With your own unique treatment plan, we’re able to help you limit the symptoms you experience.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND ADDICTION

While drug & alcohol addictions are seen as the most common, it’s possible to get addicted to anything. Our fresh approach to the treatment allows us to pinpoint the root cause and then create a bespoke treatment program.

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Book an 85 minute online assessment for £595.

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0207 118 0407

FAQS: DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN

Q: Can childhood depression go away?

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.

Q: Can parents cause depression in children?

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.

Q: How can I help my child with depression at home?

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:

  • Provide emotional support by spending quality time and having open conversations
  • Encourage them to follow a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and balanced eating habits
  • Encourage them to build social connections with peers by enrolling them in clubs or activities
  • Help them engage with people in a relaxed environment by having friends and family members over for social gatherings

Q: How can I help my child with depression at school?

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:

  • Supporting them with more online and additional resources beyond the prescribed school work, so that they don’t fall behind or skip homework
  • Speak to the school staff about your child’s condition and request that they provide material and assignments more suited to your child
  • Help your child get more organised with a feasible schedule for their at-home academic activities
  • If your child is distancing from their schoolmates, find ways to engage through extracurricular activities

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