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Emotional distress in children and young people

Emotional distress in children and young people

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Time to Complete

0.5 hours


March 29, 2016


March 12, 2019

Programme Description

Dr Suzy O'Connor, Dr Emma House, and Dr Terri Carney outline how to recognise emotional distress in children and young people, and the screening tool available to aid diagnosis. Key learning points include how to distinguish between physical symptoms and signs of emotional distress, and when to refer to mental health services.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • identify mental health issues in children and young patients
  • understand the tools available to diagnose anxiety and depression in these patients
  • distinguish between signs of physical and emotional symptoms
  • identify the most appropriate referral pathway
  • consider the impact of long-term physical conditions on the emotional health of young people
  • Authors

    Activity and test authors
    Dr Suzy O'Connor
    Principal clinical psychologist
    University of Glasgow

    Dr Emma House
    Consultant clinical psychologist
    NHS Ayrshire and Arran

    Dr Terri Carney
    Consultant clinical psychologist
    Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 0.5 learning credits (0.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time.


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