Early Onset Depression (defined as onset of depression before the age 13 years old) has rarely been investigated and is still considered to be a rare event. Increased knowledge regarding the number of cases and presentation of these children to the NHS is of importance in helping with recognition of the condition, planning of service provision, and developing management approaches for children with this treatable illness.
The EOD-UK & ROI study is a new, exciting study that has just launched in January 2019 and is investigating the incidence of first time diagnosis, management, clinical presentations, and outcome (at 1 and 2 years post diagnosis) for children diagnosed with Early Onset Depression. The aim is to improve understanding of the scale of the problem in this age group, who might be most at risk, and what treatments are being routinely offered to young people and families.
For more information about the study, please click here.