Annual Depression Screenings Recomended for Teenagers

Many teenagers lack access to mental health care and only 50% of adolescents with depression are diagnosed before adulthood.  Depression is a serious public health issue that can lead to suicide. Thus, addressing symptoms during adolescents is crucial.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released updated guidelines recommending that all adolescents receive yearly depression screenings. Pediatricians and healthcare professionals are encouraged to talk to their patients in private settings. Screenings can be performed in during sports physicals or any health-related check-up. Most pediatricians administer screenings through self-reported questionnaires.

If you get to the point that you are seriously considering suicide or are afraid of your impulses then you need to seek help immediately. You can call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room. In northern New Jersey you can also call the crisis hotline from Morristown Memorial hospital at 973-540-0100. Outside this area call the Suicide & Crisis Hotline, 1-800-273-8255, 24 hours, 7 days a week.