Children as young as one have been prescribed antidepressants by NHS Tayside, the Tele can reveal.
Figures obtained by the Tele show hundreds of children have been given mood-altering drugs by GPs and hospitals.
At least 450 under-18s were given antidepressants between January and May this year alone — the youngest among them being a seven-year-old girl.
In 2014, meanwhile, a one-year-old boy was given a prescription.
A spokeswoman for NHS Tayside said that the drugs could be used for people who have a number of different conditions.
She said: “Antidepressants are a type of medication used to treat clinical depression, or prevent it from recurring.
“However, they can also be used to treat a wide range of medical conditions, such as chronic pain and anxiety disorders.
“If appropriate for individual patients, antidepressants are prescribed and often used in combination with therapy to treat more severe depression, or other mental health conditions caused by emotional distress.