Teens are very anxious and stressed these days, and now there are reports that teens and troubled youth can be screened for depression and hopefully head it off at the pass. NPR reports that about 50% of depressed adolescents get diagnosed before they become adults, and that 2 out of three suffering from teen depression get help. Making a major understatement, one teen psychiatrist says, “It’s a huge problem.
Now the American Academy of Pediatrics has put out a call for screening for depression. As one doctor puts it, “What we’re endorsing is that everyone, 12 and up, be screened…at least once a year.” And this report also tells us that “many pediatricians have already woven the screenings into their practices.”
Teens can also fill out their screening electronically or on paper, and as one source tells NPR, “Teenagers are often more honest when they’re not looking somebody in the face who’s asking questions. It’s an opportunity for the adolescent to answer questions about themselves privately.”
This report, and many others hitting the news show that as one doctor says, “this has become part of the dialogue; it [is] increasing. People are aware of what’s happening in our schools and the importance of mental health.”