Screening Adolescents and Teens for Depression

Posted by Jennifer Lai, M.D. on Mar 19, 2016 7:30:00 AM

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made changes to its guidelines for children’s checkups. One new addition is screening for depression in adolescents ages 11-21. While this might seem young to be screened for such a serious illness, it makes sense when you consider that a large number of teen deaths occur as a result of suicide, and frank talks about depression might have prevented some of these tragedies. 

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Topics: depression in kids, adolescents and depression, teen depression, screening kids for depression

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