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Call to address child depression

More needs to be done to improve care and support for children who suffer from depression, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said.

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Depressed children 'need more support'

Children who suffer from depression need more support and improved care, health experts have said.

Depression in youngsters is more common than people think and there must be clear steps in place so health workers can deliver the best possible care, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said.

A medic who suspects a child is depressed must endeavour to make a diagnosis and record it in the youngster's medical records, new quality standards from Nice said.

Experts also need to ensure that there is "age appropriate" material so that children can understand their diagnosis and treatment.

Severe depression affects nearly 80,000 children and young people in the UK including 8,000 under the age of 10, figures suggest.

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