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Number of depressed children on the rise

Published 01/06/2012

Children as young as five years of age are suffering from depression, NHS figures have revealed.

Kids living in homes suffering from unemployment, financial problems or drug abuse are the most at risk, while nationally, one in 10 youngsters aged between five and 16 has a clinically diagnosable mental health problem.

A spokesman from a trust in the south of England said it had 378 children below 16 under therapy, with two aged just two.

NHS clinical psychologist Barbara Inkson said: “levels of emotional disorders are rising”, while mental health workers in Sussex are working with about 330 under-11s suffering from anxiety and depression.

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