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30 May 2012

Five year olds treated for depression and anxiety

Children as young as five are being referred for treatment for depression and anxiety, the BBC has found.

Figures showed mental health teams in Sussex are working with more than 1,000 under-18s while in the Solent 324 young people were referred for therapy.

Prescriptions for Fluoxetine, more commonly known as Prozac, have risen 26% in Oxfordshire and 13% in Berkshire from April to September last year.

MPs recently announced an extra £22m to tackle child mental health treatment.

Experts said children are coming under increasing stress because of unemployment, financial problems and substance abuse among their parents.

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