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Letters Medicalising unhappiness

Underdiagnosis of depression in young people

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 21 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g170
  1. Paul David Sigalas, senior registrar in child and adolescent psychiatry1,
  2. Xanthe Barkla, senior registrar in child and adolescent psychiatry2,
  3. Paul McArdle, consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry2
  1. 1Northumberland Tyne and Wear Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1QE, UK
  2. 2Benton House CYPS, Newcastle, UK
  1. paul.sigalas{at}

With regard to depressive illness, Dowrick and Frances state that “overdiagnosis is now more common than underdiagnosis.”1

From our own practice we find that this is unlikely. The yearly prevalence of depression is estimated at 0.9% …

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