Childhoods dogged by depression

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Childhoods dogged by depression thumbnailNiall McAlinden CC41-117S

GIRLS as young as 11 are seeking help for depression and anxiety in Coleraine, a mental health consultant has revealed.
The shocking revelation comes today (Tuesday, October 10) as events are being held worldwide to mark Mental Health Awareness Day.
Niall McAlinden, who works in Coleraine as part of The Thrive Programme, said: "Recent research found that by the age of 14, nearly one in 10 boys and a quarter of girls had displayed signs of depression. It's frightening that children so young are showing signs of mental illness.
“Coleraine - like many towns in Northern Ireland - vastly needs to promote awareness and treatments for mental illness. There's always help for people with physical problems but why are mental problems often overlooked?"
Niall added: "I treat people with issues such as depression, stress, anxiety, phobias, low self worth and weight problems, to name a few. I decided to start working in Coleraine due to the demand for mental health treatment in the area.
“There's a wide range of issues affecting all ages. Girls as young as 11 are showing early symptoms of depression, anxiety and emetophobia - a fear of being sick or seeing others being sick.
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