NHS aims to roll out app therapy for children with mild depression
Category: #health  By Ojaswita Kutepatil  Date: 2019-01-25
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NHS aims to roll out app therapy for children with mild depression

The National Health Service reportedly aims to help children with mild depression through apps on their smartphones, post the recommendation of such devices by their treatment advisers. This service will be able to help children as young as five to seek therapy for mild depression.

As per trusted sources, children in England and Wales below the age of 18 will be allowed to use digital cognitive behavioral therapy, via smartphones and computers to help them at times when they are feeling low. The therapy will help them avoid long delays to see a therapist and take the pressure off NHS child and adolescent mental health services, as per the new guidance by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Although cognitive behavioral therapy is already routinely accessible to adults suffering from certain mental health problems, this is the first time NICE has suggested it to be helpful for ages 5 to 8, cite sources. The institute also enlightens NHS about what treatments are more clinically effective and offer the best value for money.

NICE stated that digital cognitive behavioral therapy will be delivered on smartphones, tablets or computers and can be readily available, eliminating waiting lists and providing children and young adults faster access to psychological help. The agency further elaborated that the therapy should be adopted as a first-line treatment, just like something that the doctor would actually prescribe for children in that age group and suffering from that condition. Digital cognitive behavioral therapy can be prescribed to children or teenagers below 18 years of age, with constant signs of mild depression but no serious health condition or suicidal thoughts, the agency clarified.

Senior doctors like Dr. Max Davie have welcomed NICE’s move claiming that it is a positive step with two major advantages. One being the swift availability of help unlike the conventional CAMHS pathways and secondly, the possibility to be more effective to young people who find it hard to deal with treatment offered within a clinical setting, Davie elaborated.



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