Our Assessment Process for Diagnosing Depression in Children
At Diverse Diagnostics, we offer depression assessments for children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 18 years.
An evaluation and depression assessment for teenagers or a younger child will include interviews with both the parents/carers and the young person. If needed, standardised screening questionnaires will be used. We may also need information about their behaviour in different environments, such as at school, with their friends, and at home.
It is important to highlight that there is no specific test to diagnose depression. It is a combination of screening tools and the personal information obtained from the interviews that will enable the consultant to make a proper diagnosis.
Medications & Treatments
Treatment options will vary according to each individual case, and the right treatment will be different for each child.
Many children with depression benefit from a combination of medications and therapy. Common antidepressant medications include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), but not all children will require medication. For mild symptoms, therapy alone can often be effective.
Our consultants have vast experience in treating childhood depression in Glasgow and across Scotland and the UK. They will let you know which is the best approach for your child.
If medical treatment is required, we provide prescriptions only under ‘Shared Care’ with you or your child’s doctor or GP (General Physician). For this, the GP will need to agree prior to the initial medication appointment to provide NHS prescriptions.
The consultant at Diverse Diagnostics will be responsible for all medication reviews and dosage specifications.
Diverse Diagnostics: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Experts with Empathy
At Diverse Diagnostics, we aim to help children, parents, and families who are affected by neurodevelopmental disorders by giving them the support and tools they need to improve their quality of life and manage the disorder with understanding and empathy.
A Knowledgable & Compassionate Team
Our team is made up of qualified and experienced mental healthcare professionals and headed by our Managing Director, Dr Jagdish Basra, a Consultant Child Behaviour Psychiatrist and Adolescent Psychiatrist with a patient-centred and family-focused approach to mental health.
Let us Help your Family
When it comes to depression in children, there are solutions, which means there is hope.
Take the first step with a childhood depression diagnosis. Contact us to book an appointment for an online depression assessment for children with Diverse Diagnostics.