Drop in Borders youngsters treated for stress

The number of young children being treated for depression, stress or general anxiety disorder appears to be on the wane in the Borders.

A Freedom of Information response from NHS Borders reveals that 25 children aged 10 and under were treated for the conditions between 2010 and 2012.

The figures for 2013 and 2014 are recorded as “less than five” for each year.

The response explains: “For any number less than five, actual numbers and potentially identifiable information is withheld to maintain patient confidentiality due to the potential risk of disclosure.”.

The trend was reflected in neighbouring Dumfries and Galloway where five under-10s were treated last year and in 2013, compared to 22 in 2012.