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Recognising Common Mental Health Problems for Paediatrics professionals

Speciality Classification
Paediatrics General
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Healthy Child, eLH, NHS

This session describes the features of some of the most common, and some of the most serious of mental health disorders in adolescence and the characteristics that may help distinguish them from each other. It also describes some of the important stages of assessing a young person presenting with mental health problems, particularly when these seem more complex.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Distinguish the main clinical features of some common and serious mental health problems in young people
  • Use the ten key questions introduced previously to evaluate young people presenting with mental health difficulties and suggest possible diagnoses


In this session we will explore the presenting features, clinical signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders in young people, and also those of some less common, but potentially serious, conditions.

We will discuss approaches to the assessment of ‘troubled teenagers’ including those with apparently complex problems. Eating disorders, substance misuse and self-harm are dealt with in detail in other modules and sessions.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should complete the following AH sessions:

  • 10_001 Mental Health and Well Being in Adolescence (401-0046)
  • 10_004 The Assessment of Common Mental Health Problems (401-0049)
Instructors / Speakers
Dick Churchill,
GP and Medical Educator

Dick Churchill is a GP in Nottingham and former Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Nottingham. He has both clinical and academic interests in the health of young people and in mental health issues. He is a member of the RCGP Adolescent Health Group and a founder of the Association for Young People’s Health.

Recognising Common Mental Health Problems for Paediatrics professionals
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Children and young peoples health, Mental Health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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