Experts in Wales in Pounds 1m Childhood Depression Study
Byline: By MADELEINE BRINDLEY Western Mail
Welsh experts will investigate the growing problem of childhood depression after winning a pounds 1m grant. Research at Cardiff University's School of Medicine and School of Psychology has already shown a link between depression in adults and their children. Now the research team will spend the next five years exploring the reasons behind the link and develop a software package to help GPs target at-risk teenagers in a bid to start treatment earlier.
Professor Anita Thapar, a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry and the project's leader, said, 'Depression is set to become the second largest cause of medical disability in the world by 2020.
'Most adult sufferers start to show symptoms during adolescence but the problem is rarely identified at that stage. The two million UK children exposed to depression suffered by their own parents are at especially high risk.'
The pounds 993,392 award, from the Sir Jules Thorn Trust, will fund a new study of children aged 10-17. …