· Pills to be phased out for up to 40,000 children
· New treatments to include exercise and counselling
Sarah Boseley, health editor
Wednesday September 28, 2005
The new NHS guidance marks a watershed in the treatment of children's mental health. It shifts the focus sharply away from the psychiatric drugs that around 40,000 children are thought to be taking for depression, anxiety and other problems. Children with mild depression should be given advice on diet and exercise, the guidance tells GPs. Those with moderate and even severe depression should be offered a three-month course of counselling.