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Depression & Anxiety in Children – SACE

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Depression and Anxiety in Children

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LESSON 1 – This presentation will look at the following topics:

  • Normal versus pathological anxiety.
  • Anxiety disorders of childhood e.g. Separation anxiety disorder, Generalized Anxiety
  • Disorder, Social anxiety disorder, Selective mutism, Obsessive compulsive disorder and Post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Aetiology of anxiety disorders, including genetic and environmental factors, including the role of parenting.
  • Clinical presentation of the different anxiety disorders, including school refusal and somatic complaints.
  • Screening for childhood anxiety.
  • When and how to refer.
  • Management of anxiety disorders
  • Pharmacological (emphasis on the SSRI’s)
  • Childhood depression and its Epidemiology and Aetiology.
  • Clinical presentation of childhood depression.
  • Suicidality in children – including the phenomenon of cutting.
  • DSM 5 diagnostic criteria.
  • Treatment of childhood depression.
  • Pharmacological (mainly SSRI’s)
  • Take home messages.

LESSON 2 – This presentation will look at the following topics:
The primary aim is to empower the audience in gaining further knowledge on the topic and to be encouraged to practical assist children, suffering from both/ either anxiety and depression, with confidence.

  • Anxiety and Depression in children becoming more common.
  • Anxiety and Depression existing separately and or co comorbidly.
  • The factors contributing to this increase are diverse and complex.
  • Modern society and its role in the development of this disease.
  • Understanding the contributing factors.
  • Social emotional aspects of development of healthy wellbeing
  • What makes a child’s world work and what matters to a child?
  • Attachment to primary caregiver, and the development of trust and belonging.
  • The need for greater resilience in children: why is it lacking?
  • Understanding the function of character growth and life management skills.
  • Treatment.
  • The most commonly used approaches from recent research.
  • Social systems that the child lives and functions in.
  • Working with families, school or social community.
  • Medicate or not to medicate?
  • Practical supports/solutions to a mood affected child.
  • Ethics.

Course Content

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