This is an updated guideline from Nice on managing depression in children. Most of the advice is the same and the changes really just follow normal practice. I’ve highlighted the changes below.
Assessment (no change here)
Consider using the Mood and Feelings Questionnaire. A score of 12 or more supports a diagnosis of depression.
Watchful waiting (review after 2w and continue for up to 4w). If this doesn’t help THEN
- Non directed supportive therapy (I presume this means counselling) OR
- Group CBT OR
- Supported self-help