In a recent recommendation statement, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) suggests adolescents should be screened for major depressive disorder (MDD).
Research shows that depression screening can identify MDD in children 12-18 years of age. The USPSTF is recommending these screenings because MDD can impair adolescents’ performance at school, as well as their relationships with their families and peers. Early detection of MDD means earlier treatment for those diagnosed, which increases their chances of having healthy academic, social and emotional lives.
Individuals can comment on the USPSTF’s recommendation until October 8, 2015. To view the recommendation in its entirety and to comment on it, click here.